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New Piece: Extension table in walnut and maple

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Designing this extension dining table was a perfect example of how I like to work with clients.  This lovely family of four wanted a dining table that would be small enough for every day use, yet one that could extend to seat up to twenty guests.  They also asked that the table’s perimeter be clear of legs in order to reduce interference with chairs.  They gave me pictures of the setting, wherein sits a beautiful china cabinet with a woven branch pattern across the front glass.  With all of this information, the table seemed to designed itself.  Fitting for a piece that feels as aliveas this one does.

We delivered this table to its charming Ft. Worth family on Christmas Eve, just in time for the next day when it served 19 happy guests for dinner.  There were seemingly insurmountable challenges and worries to this project at the outset (I had less than a month to make it, for one), but this gracious table yielded to me at every turn.  Perhaps it wanted to be there for Christmas as well. Maybe it sounds strange, but I really appreciate it for that.  

The table is 58” round when closed, 173” long when fully extended with all eight leaves installed.  Each leaf features brass pins and sockets, as well as a brass lock on either end, making the entire extended structure surprisingly sturdy.  Pictured here in walnut and rock maple.

 


Comments

Dave wrote re: New Piece: Extension table in walnut and maple
on 01-10-2011 11:23 AM

Awesome work!  Thanks for sharing.

Rusty Borden wrote re: New Piece: Extension table in walnut and maple
on 02-19-2011 10:07 AM

This table is gorgeous!! can you say how you made the legs? was it bending or what? do you have plans?  

Mark Love wrote re: New Piece: Extension table in walnut and maple
on 02-19-2011 12:16 PM

Hey Rusty...no they aren't bent, they are just shaped from solid wood.  I created several patterns, one for the shape of the leg, one for the shoulders of the tenons of the lower rails where they join into the bottom, and one for the curved bridle joint where the top of the leg bridles into the top rail.  Then, of course, a pattern for the 'branches' in the middle.  

Thanks for the kudos, and for the question!

Ian Stewart wrote re: New Piece: Extension table in walnut and maple
on 03-09-2011 6:02 PM

Beautiful work, no amazing!!