9’6″ Custom Entryway Table

April 21, 2010 | Filed in:

9'6" Entryway table

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This is a custom entryway table I did for a coop building in Brooklyn.  They already had the mirror and wanted something to match the mirror and fit well in the space.  I worked with the client from the coop board on the design.  Because the top surface is quartz (i.e. heavy) I decided to go with ash as the wood species for the table.  Ash is notoriously strong.  But it is also very light in color with large pores, which make it difficult to stain a dark color.  After experimenting on some samples, I settled on alternating layers of pigment and dye mixtures in a water-based sealer.  I slowly brought the color up, layer after layer.  And it worked beautifully.  The color matched and the finish gives a solid polish look without losing the grain character of the ash.  The legs and apron are mortise and tenon joints.  I added a middle stringer for strength and it is doweled in place.  The legs have a slight taper.  I added a highlight of the corners of the leg to match the mirror trim highlights–I sanded the corners to reveal a small golden line on the outside corners.   Special thanks to my friend Rob Davidson for technical and moral support.  Rob is an amazing furniture maker– see his website at: http://www.davidsonwoodworks.com/

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