The materials in this piece are Grade AAAAA Quilted Maple, quarter sawn Walnut, Padauk and Ebony. An elegant piece of quilted Maple that seemingly floats over its arched base. The legs are hand planed. The base was built of Padauk and Walnut, while the top is a matched set of Quilted Maple and the square pegs are Ebony. The 7/8th inch quilted Maple was planed down on the edges to give it more of a sense of lightness. The legs were designed as a Walnut-Padauk fusion, in order to work as a continuous transition to the Padauk arches, which are the key design element. The cross members are connected to the main arches with Ebony square pegs. The beauty of the piece lies in its simple elegance, its five pieces of wood connected to the legs with a sense of seeming effortlessness. Paradoxically, the piece is quite complicated and unique in its construction in that there are no right angles with which to reference true square or true plumb. The two basic techniques I use to achieve the above is to establish true square on a separate board to which I use as a gluing matrix and through the extensive use of a carpenter's level to achieve a plumb line and a flat plane for the top. The basic construction techniques include compressed dowels to attach the top to the base, through dado joints to connect the arch to the legs and mortise and tenon to connect the front legs to the back legs. The table is finished in Tung Oil. In addition, while still wet the piece was hand rubbed with 400 and 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper creating a very smooth finish. To protect the top and to give it added warmth a coat of Maloof oil/wax Finish was used. This same wax can be used for a touch up as needed.
Dimensions: 24"d X 48"w X 20"h