The Nathan Dining Table

Tom and Linda set out to find a dining room table suitable for their new room and some custom handrails to replace their outdated ones. Being avid art enthusiasts and collectors, anything brought into their home had to fit. They were referred to me and the connection was made. They let me know that they were open to design ideas and suggestions. For the table they wanted a solid hardwood top and steel legs and skirt that were minimal and that it needed to be 10' long. I suggested a table top built of black walnut, with all the boards joined with a continuous sliding dovetail, the entire 10' length of the table. No mechanical fasteners or adhesives. It took little bar soap and a couple of hours to slide the boards together. I then hand planed the top surface for an old world style finish, very little sanding, just good sharp hand tools.

The 6 legs are solid steel 1 1/2" square bar stock that are hand forged down to less then 3/4" at the bottom. The skirt material was given the same hand forged treatment to show the beauty of the metalsmith's talent with the hammer. The top, legs and skirt were then attached to a welded, steel sub-frame. The only mechanical fasteners used are those holding the top to the sub-frame. The top was treated to a pure tung oil finish and the steel was hand sealed and burnished with carnauba wax.

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