This unique, stunning side table (approx. 28″ tall x 38″ long x 12″ wide) is made from high quality, furniture-grade, air-dried lumber. Air drying is a traditional way to dry furniture lumber that maintains the natural colors of the wood.
The black walnut lumber in this piece comes from a tree salvaged in 1985 from Yreka, CA by a now-retired cabinet builder friend of mine. The figured maple comes from a small mill yard (Urban Lumber in Eugene OR) and was salvaged from an urban Eugene area.
The walnut framed tabletop is made from a stunning piece of wavy- figured maple that was flitch cut, then resawn for this particular piece. The maple centerpiece displays the unique character of Chatoyancy defined as: “…wood iridescence, moire, vibrancy, shimmer or glow. This effect is often highly sought after, and is sometimes referred to as “wet look”, since wetting wood with water often displays the chatoyancy, albeit only until the wood dries.” It is nearly impossible to describe how unique and beautiful this piece is, so I have included a single photo of one end of the tabletop which displays this property most clearly. Though I have processed and finished thousands of board feet of different species of lumber, this one is truly in a class of its own. Walnut framing of the maple centerpiece is done in a manner to keep grain direction parallel which allows for the natural seasonal movement the solid wood undergoes as a result of humidity changes; expanding and contracting perpendicular to grain direction with increasing and decreasing humidity levels (respectively).
The “apron” panels are resawn to a thickness of approximately 1/4″ and are allowed to “float” in frame grooves, accomodating the seasonal fluctuation in width of each solid wood panel. The aprons are assembled in a manner that allows grain patterns and colors to provide visual interest to the perceptive wood afficianado.
The arc-shaped lower stretchers are thin strips of resawn maple laminated together with “Unibond” epoxy then cured on my hand shaped lasts. After removal from the lasts, stretchers are final thicknessed on jointer and power planer then edge-shaped with handheld tools. Due to their unique shape, these arc-stretchers are cut to length only after the entire assembly is dry fitted to ensure a perfect joint. The stretchers are fitted with “slip tenons” then secured to the legs when the entire piece is assembled.
Bandsawn and spokeshave-shaped legs and frame pieces are joined with hand fitted mortise and tenon joinery secured with West System “G-flex” furniture epoxy.
Maple tabletop, apron panels, and stretchers were finished with hand rubbed Tung oil/polyurethane mix then waxed to produce a lustrous surface.
The tabletop is attached to the framework from the underside using slotted steel clips and screws placed to allow for the natural seasonal movement of the solid wood; apron panels “float” in frame grooves.
Due to the sensitivity of all oil based finishes, hot objects placed directly on the tabletop may result in a “ring” or area of discoloration, therefore care is necessary to prevent this sort of damage to any piece of fine furniture. Treated with respect and care deserved by this type of unique work, this piece should provide service to multiple generations and become a treasured family heirloom.
I personally hand-make these pieces one at a time in my shop/art studio in the Klamath Mountains of northern California and believe my prices are very reasonable for the high quality workmanship; you will not be disappointed!
NOTE: THIS PIECE IS AVAILABLE ONLY BY SPECIAL ORDER. QUOTED PRICE INCLUDES DOMESTIC USA SHIPPING.