Billie Chan Dining Table November 17th, 2018 - 06:01:03
This table, in my mind, is one of the pieces that I'm making right now that I really like I've got a desk that I like there's a chair that I'm making that I like this dining table in it's taken a long time to evolve to a design that I start to feel like my own and I'm feeling comfortable with and - and this is definitely one of those designs - the idea of a pedestal table comes to me having community suppers, pretty often in our house or potluck suppers and jamming people around a table and having had a four-legged Formica table that I grew up with here at our home for a number of years, I thought, if I make a table, I want to be able to sit all the way around it, so the design of this table came about from me. Looking at Allen Peters table, which is a beautiful graceful pedestal table and as I started to look at his work, I started to see where he was pulling his ideas, which was, I think, from Edward Barnsley, where he apprenticed when he was young. And when I look at Edward Barnes his work, I can find tables that are very reminiscent there and then I can see in Sidney Barnsley his father other tables.
Their work is just, in my opinion, the pinnacle of that style work just the level of accuracy, the design, the quality of materials, the quality of craftsmanship. It is it's hard to be so I'm drawn to it naturally, for those reasons, and so I'm just basically following in that line or stealing good ideas from people who were successful before me, with the overall design of the table or overall design of any piece of furniture, I try to carry the thread through. It ties the whole piece together, so the curve of the top the edge curve. That's on the profile, is the same edge curve. That's on the pedestal, column that comes up and, although you're not directly. Relating that your mind picks up on these details. I love subtle curves, I love of profiled curves and I think, what's really sweet about this table is taking not just my work, but people who might make this tables work to our next level, where they're not just curving the edge but they're, actually shaping a curve. In that edge also with a pedestal table like most things in life, there are trade-offs, and so, if I have four massive legs at the corner of the table, I can put the transmission in my car up there and do work on.
It. Have no worries about anything but a pedestal table. I have to take all of the energy that's holding that table up and all the diner's actions at that table and focus that, through one column, and so the game in my mind is how to make that column. Strong enough rigid enough that it will handle those forces, but at the same time not get so massive, it just looks clunky under there. The construction of the base really needs to be robust and thought out that the mortise and tenon joints have such a long lever on them to snap them. You can fracture a joint really easily, and so the point that I'm using are big and they're deep and they're thought of in a way to help lock that base together, where, if you crank on it in any position, you can't snap those joints apart. So the design of this table - it is rectangular essentially, but it is a soft rectangle or even a boat shape.