|Sapele Hall Table|
The shelf on the bottom features a Radio Weave style of woven cane. This comes from Frank's Cane & Rush and is actually made of paper! I had played around with different design concepts for the shelf design but prefer the lightness of the cane inserts.
Incorporated into the overall design are drawers at either end of the table. These would have been considered a glove drawer when folks actually wore them on an every day basis!
Here in the desert southwest, gloves are a rare occurrence but this makes an ideal place to put your keys, cell phone, pagers, etc. when you come home from work. The drawers are made of Maple and ride in traditional wooden runners with a solid Pine bottom. Notice the Ebony pegs for the breadboard ends. I had just enough of the Ebony to pin the tenons and stretcher supporting the shelf.
The original name and concept for this project was the Star Jasmine Table. The plan was to carve that flower into the center section of the shelf but it just didn't look right. That would have been the only carved element and seem out of place. My carving skills are "evolving" so I didn't want to chance ruining the project with a poorly carved design element. Regarding that though, I am currently taking a carving class from Dennis Patchett a local, topnotch carver here in Las Vegas.
Since the carving was eliminated, I now refer to this table as the Elliptical Hall Table. Here's a shot of the top to illustrate why I chose that name:
|Nope, Not a Surfboard!|