This unique table highlights the beautiful grain “chatoyance” of curly maple (big leaf Maple) used in the tabletop, aprons, and hand-shaped slat shelf. Diamond-shaped walnut legs are joined to the maple aprons and lower walnut stretchers using hand-fitted mortise and tenon joinery glued with West System “G Flex” epoxy providing strong and durable joints. Similar to the other Trillium tables in my unique line, this piece measures about 19″ wide and deep by 24″ tall; the slat shelf is approximately 5″ above the floor level. Both the tabletop and slat shelf are bookmatch cut from a stunning maple slab; book-matching allowed me to highlight the quilted grain pattern by placing it in the center of each surface. Walnut legs project through and are level with the tabletop adding a bit of design complexity and interest for both the viewer and me, the maker. The tabletop is affixed to the aprons using slotted steel clips and screws (the only metal used in this piece); the slotted clips allow for seasonal wood movement experienced by all pieces made from solid wood.
Shelf slats are about a half-inch thick and are bandsawn to my hand-drawn pattern, not perfect like a computer might shape them, but they are mine. After roughing-out each slat on the bandsaw, I hand shape the final curves using a very fine spokeshave and “hand stitched” french rasps until satisfied with the end result. Each slat is individually affixed to the lower stretchers using specially shaped “Miller Mini-X” dowels that are glued in through the slat into the stretcher. I used walnut dowels in this instance to complement and enhance the appearance of the maple shelf slats. Each dowel is flush-cut using a fine, kerf-free Japanese saw blade and then flush pared with a very sharp chisel.
The piece is finished with four hand-rubbed coats of Maloof oil/poly mix then topped with 2-6 coats of Minwax quick dry polyurethane for protection. Though the surfaces are quite durable, placing a hot object directly on the tabletop or shelf will cause a “ring” because of the oil finish used in the initial coats. The polyurethane will provide protection from the occasional spill of water, wine, soda, etc. allowing for simple cleanup with a damp cloth or sponge.
This particular piece has been exhibited at several shows, so I also polished it with Clapham’s beeswax polish; any commonly available furniture polish will keep it looking like new for years. Treating this finely crafted piece with care and respect deserved by fine furniture, I anticipate that more than one generation will enjoy displaying it in their home or office.
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