Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Dining table designs

I'm starting thinking about making a new dining table. What a damn good excuse to wander the V&A staring at tables and benches

This one is a visitor bench, using a dual pedestal support


Not a table, but some lovely planks and decorative steelwork in a nice old door


mmm... planks...


Another dual pedestal mount. I WON'T be making anything this ornate.


Pedestal with a central beam and two decorative uprights...


Lovely carving...


A more traditional base with four legs and some bolstering rails...



This one has SIX legs and rails between them...


The same idea, but four legs...


But back on the single central rail idea - the end rails in this case are curved in.


This is nuts...


Also, so is this...


I like the idea of a shelf...


This one has a rail, but some elements of splayed feet for stability. Looks like iron, but it's ebony


Octagonal table with eight legs


Arts and Craft version..


Solid...


You work with what you've got

Anyway, you can't make a table without wood. Here's what I have accumulated so far. Some from scavenged logs, some reclaimed.


Some tropical hardwoods, some oak and some lovely wavy beech, stained with rot of some type. These thick planks were hewn from a log usign my chainsaw



And after all that looking at table bases, it was time to chill out and get drawing to get ideas clearer in the head...

Trestley...


Various bases and table tops




More bases and trestle ends


And possibly marquetry patterns...




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