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Nakashima-style dining table

comments (7) May 29th, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

AsaC Asa Christiana, Special Projects Editor, Fine Woodworking magazine
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I like how the organic tops contrast with geometric bases in Nakashimas tables, and how the heavy low stretcher seems to tie them to the earth.
I was lucky to find a thick slab for the top. I jointed one edge, and then resawed the slab so I could open it into this nice bookmatch. In order to get the pieces through my bandsaw, I ripped them down the middle, rejoining them later. Can you see the seams?
I like how the organic tops contrast with geometric bases in Nakashimas tables, and how the heavy low stretcher seems to tie them to the earth. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

I like how the organic tops contrast with geometric bases in Nakashima's tables, and how the heavy low stretcher seems to tie them to the earth.

Photo: Asa Christiana

One of my favorite things about this table is how the top is attached. Using a trick I learned from Michael Puryear, I screwed dovetail cleats to the tops of the trestles, and routed stopped sliding dovetails into the underside of the top halves. Then the two halves just slid on. Then I clamped them in place while I installed the butterfly keys that hold them in place. No visible joinery below!


Design or Plan used: Nakashima

posted in: Reader's Gallery, table, walnut, asian inspired, trestle


Comments (7)

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Hey Asa,

Did I miss the FWW article or video workshop on this?? :>)

Definitely worth both!
Chris

Posted: 11:28 am on October 29th

MuskokaLayne MuskokaLayne writes: Great table Asa, could you post a picture of the table from underneath so we can see the tops of the trestle ends? Thanks!
Posted: 9:34 am on September 17th

elicash elicash writes: Absolutely gorgeous!!! What finishing techniques did you use?
Posted: 12:14 am on June 2nd

ezek1el ezek1el writes: Wow very impressive! a like the gap left in the middle of the table top it makes it different from usual table tops and I totally agree with cahudson42, a workshop on that table would be awesome...
Posted: 10:53 am on May 31st

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Actually, its worth a video workshop as well!
Posted: 12:30 am on May 31st

cahudson42 cahudson42 writes: Asa, this definitely is worth an article in FWW. Beautiful.
Posted: 12:29 am on May 31st

woodbridge woodbridge writes: Asa, great looking table. The way the top is joined to the table is a really neat idea. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Posted: 10:31 pm on May 30th

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