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Arts and Crafts Side Table

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Woodworker: Kelly J. Dunton

The inspiration for this table dates back a century to designs by Gustav Stickley. He defined his furniture philosophy as being "where the beauty lies in simplicity of the wood and of the joints themselves." To be faithful to the original designs, Dunton built this table from white oak with pegged through-tenons joining the lower stretchers to the legs. He also gave the piece an authentic, Arts-and-Crafts finish by exposing it to ammonia fumes. This process gives the furniture its distinctive brown appearance and highlights the rays of quartersawn oak.

Photos: Michael Pekovich and Kelly J. Dunton

Design or Plan used: Not specified

posted in: Reader's Gallery, arts and crafts, white oak, oil, wax, gustav stickley, Ammonia-fumed, 19th Century

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