The best project this month was a three legged maple table. A client brought in a 4″ thick maple cross section. It had been in the barn for over a decade, and had only surface checks. I figured that wouldn’t last, and told them so. After it was re-sawn to two 2″ slabs, and brought into the shop, it cracked directly to the center within 4 hours. The shrinkage in circumference (tangential direction) is twice that of the radial direction.
Nonetheless, I had it sanded down to 1 3/4″ and then polished it to 320 grit, oiled it and put it aside to construct the base. I sent the clients about a dozen different design options for the base, and lo and behold, they picked the nicest one. Each of the three legs is a 90° angle, supported by an arch. The top portion is connected with a metal spider, and all three legs are joined by a center tapered rail. From a low angle it looks quite Gothic.
Next project is a 15 drawer chest going to Alberta, Canada. I’d love to deliver it in person, but it makes no economic sense. Roughly a 4,000 mile round trip. C. H. Becksvoort © 2013