Thursday, August 25, 2016

the engineers table

 so here's a new project .. it's been in the works since maym but we just got 
underway on it a couple of weeks ago ..

9/3/16 .. all finished now and ready to go
more photos soon of the finished table at the end of this post .. click the photos to enlarge them ..
 it's for the conference room of an engineering firm  on long island.
 one of the partners sent us a sketch with the I beam sizes called out .. 
sam says it's the first time he has order steel by the 'pounds per foot'
6 x 18 .. 16 x 22 .. something like that .. width and pounds per lineal foot ..
 big stuff
 the client supplied the wood for the top, which is ovangkol from tropical west africa
it's a member of the bubinga family and it is very similar in density and figure
read 'heavy and hard'
 there will be a 3 x 3 angle iron frame around the outside, and we didn't have quite enough
width to make it to 47".  the oak on the edges will be covered by the steel frame
 like this
 finish sample .. 3 coats of conversion varnish
 gonna add some wire channels
and the client suggested end cuts of 4" I beam for the wire grommets .. cool!
 the pieces themselves are not perfectly square and/or parallel
buyt trevor cnc'd them in after a couple of test cuts ..
 wetted down with water for the final sanding
 close up of the joinery
wrestling it up the stairs to the cnc ... just made it .. 4' x 10'

Monday, August 15, 2016

a custom claro walnut slab table

we finished one claro walnut slab table a week or so ago, and now we've 
got another, longer version of it in the works.

our new clients stopped by and saw the one above in the shop.  
they liked the base and wondered if it could work on a longer table ..

update 8/1 ... above is the latest in the parade of claro walnut slab dining tables ... 
finished it last week.  photographed it this morning .
more photos at the end of the post ... beautiful slab!

we made a concept model, which they liked, and we were off ..
click the photos to enlarge them ..
for more live edge table photos click this link
we picked a slab from our friends at goodhope hardwoods
 sam had a convenient hole in his schedule and was able to get the two base parts welded up ..
here's one of them with the model on top of it.. almost ready for the bronzy patina ..
which seemed a little bigger once it arrived ..

after a short wrestling match, the four of us got it onto trevor's bench

where he worked his magic on what we decided was the top so that
the clients could have a look when they came by today to discuss the final cuts
to length and width .. we're not taking too much off it ..
i rough sanded a small area and put some finish on it so they could choose between 
a satin and dull rub sheen ... we're going with the dull rubbed
nice figure !!!  more as we progress .. 
6/6 .. all trimmed up today ... a little video of that process at this link .. 

below with my stihl chain saw and matching sneakers and  headphones ..
6/14 .. sam's got the base finished and ready to go ..
 all together now .. finished photos below ...

all for now ...
10/2/16 .. with the danish cord chairs below ...