For the One-of-a-Kind Show in Chicago, I made this beautiful oak dining table with graceful aluminum legs. Here’s the process:
1. It all begins with the right boards. For this table, I used two sister boards of white oak (harvested in 2010 and kiln-dried this spring). They were 10′ long and 22″ wide:
2. I trimmed the inside edges to get a straight line for gluing. I left the outside edges natural. I also jointed and planed the surfaces flat at this stage.
3. Then, I glued the boards together and clamped them:
4. Once the glue is dry the clamps come off, and the top is ready for sanding:
5. After the top is sanded it’s ready for my signature finish — 20 coats of hand-rubbed linseed oil:
6. The aluminum base is attached to the top. I collaborated on this base with a fellow artist from LA. The legs are cast in aluminum from a design we worked up together. After fabrication, I hand polished the legs and fit them to a hand-built aluminum frame.
7. All done and ready for the show! The finished table is 42″ wide x 7′ long. This is a very popular size and seats eight.
8. A client wanted the same style base but with a walnut top. No problem!