A pet project of mine, the idea for this table comes from a frustration with the convention in fine furniture and cabinetry making of hiding connection points and end grain.
Not only can these moments of exposed connection points and end grain become surface features, but also offer an honest explanation of the function each member serves in composing the system of forces that hold the object together, as well as broadcasting, without apology, their own material truth.
Salvaged 19th century barnwood is set against cabinet grade birch ply calling out the conventions of material value. Steel "edge banding" in the center shelf turns a surface application into a structural detail. A steel frame acts as armature for the single butt joint that holds the conviction of the piece.