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:

Two sister boards of white oak.

Two raw sister boards of white oak.

 

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.

Trimming the edges.

Trimming the edges.

 

3. Then, I glued the boards together and clamped them:

Boards are glued and clamped.

Boards are glued and clamped.

 

4. Once the glue is dry the clamps come off, and the top is ready for sanding:

Top is dry and ready for sanding.

Top is dry and ready for sanding.

 

5. After the top is sanded it’s ready for my signature finish — 20 coats of hand-rubbed linseed oil:

Top with 20 coats of hand-rubbed linseed oil.

Top with 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.

The legs are attached.

The base is attached.

 

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.

The two-board oak table with modern base.

The two-board oak table with modern base.

 

8. A client wanted the same style base but with a walnut  top. No problem!

Walnut dining table with modern aluminum legs.

Walnut dining table with modern aluminum legs.