Glad that’s finished!
Who’d thunk that a simple little hall table would present such a challenge? But it did. Truth is, when you’re working without a set of dimensional rules, it can be difficult to achieve “flow and balance”. Prototyping becomes a requirement. If nothing else, this project proved to Les, Scott and me that the skill of someone like Nakashima can’t be overstated.
The Bocote top was filled, finished with blonde shellac, then waxed. Several checks were “stopped” with Pearwood “butterflies.” The construction is traditional, utilizing mortise and tenon and sliding dovetail joints, which made for a very strong, rigid base. A small chamfer at the bottom of each leg increases the sense of “lightness” (and could prove very useful if, at some point, “leveling” is required). The Ash base was finished with several coats of boiled linseed oil (BLO), which gives the wood a beautiful light “golden” hue. We opted not to stain or glaze the base, as this would have accentuated the “grainny” nature of the ash and we wanted the base to compliment, not compete with the top.
I, for one, doff my hat to those crafts people who consistently and artistically work in the “chaos of contemporary”. It’s like “flying without a net.” I think I’ll return to the “disciplined comfort” of period furniture for awhile. But…a little chaos, now and then, might not be a bad thing.