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maple slab bench

Maple slab bench for our family room.  Kept the bases simple to highlight the beautiful grain that popped after applying Watco Danish Oil. 

Stool -- Maloof meets Nakashima

This is one of four barstools I made for my kitchen.  influenced by Maloof with the carved seat and the way the legs blend into the seat, and Nakashima with the trestle-type legs.  While it doesnt...

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Re: Asymmetrical End Table

beautiful and highly creative.

Re: "the Fastback" chair

Love your work on your website. The chair surfaces remind me of one of those stealth fighters -- all odd angles and stuff, and compelling to look at.

Re: Modern Coffee table

Elegant piece of work. The bevels on the edges give it an almost liquid feel to it. I am trying to figure out the joinery, though. How are the arches attached to the drawer casing and lower shelf? I have never been a big fan of a maple/cherry combo, but that I suppose is a personal preference.

Nicely done.

Re: Coffee table

I wouldn't sweat it, D83. Posting unreasoned, hurtful, and anonymous comments about another's work reflects more on the poster than the piece. Such behavior is called "trolling," and while I have seen it on other websites, I had not seen it on FWW, until now. Pity.

Re: "Collinear"

Absolutely beautiful. The contrast of the ebony, maple and walnut makes this thing perfect. How are the cases constructed? Would love to see the vertical version of this when you get it done.

Re: Ash coffee table

Nicely done. Really love all of your work.

Re: George Nakashima inspired coffee table

Nice piece. I think people should judge studio furniture on slightly different criteria than everyday furniture. That being said, perhaps some of the issue is whether the top may be out of proportion to the base -- that is "seems"/looks unbalanced, which leads to the criticism that it is insufficiently stable.

I love the elegant design of the base, particularly the subtle concave shape of the bottom runner. Just wonder whether coupling it with a 70" slab gives it the right proportions.

For what it is worth....

Re: Coffee table

I think it is beautiful, and like it quite a bit.

I don't see the legs as out of proportion to the top; if you look at much of Nakashima's work, the legs of similar proportions, and his pieces are considered masterpieces. I would echo D83's comments on how the relationship of the legs to the top highlights the unique shape of the top, and the shape of the piece just "flows" across the space beautifully. Your eye lingers on the details as you move along the top -- he really captured the "soul of the tree." I want to touch it!

It appears to be sufficiently functional, if that is a criteria: I count three "landing spots" along the front of it for coffee cups/newspapers, which is ample if it is placed in front of a couch. No, my child couldn't spread out his homework on it and use it for a desk like he uses mine, but for a studio piece, I think it is sufficiently utilitarian.

(It is also nicely photographed, by the way, although I think a 3/4 view, taken from about eye level, would be a useful perspective as well.)

I also disagree with the implication that the work reflects a lack of craftsmanship or care. The legs were hand-turned, and the inlayed butterflies are nicely done. Decisions regarding how to surface the top to highlight the contrast between the smooth surface and live edge shows thoughtfulness.

The work is a one-of-a-kind piece with perhaps an emotional or historical attachment for the individual who made it. I applaud the creativity. This isn't taken out of some plan. There is lots of room in our craft for all sorts of genres. Not everyone wants yet another reproduction of a 19th century desk, however well executed. A critique for a piece like this should be more than whether you personally like it. The question is whether, given what he was trying to accomplish, did he succeed? My opinion is yes. Bravo.

Re: Wood Shop Al Fresco

Think about whether you even need a traditional workbench and vise. Fine Woodworking #202 has a great article, "Forget What You Know About Workbenches." It is a system of two narrow beams (actually torsion boxes) on two stout sawhorses that seems infinitely adaptable to various tasks and very easy to store when not in use. For vises, he is able use bar clamps in very ingenious ways. You could even use pressure treated pine and marine plywood or, if you want to spring for it, teak or cedar.

If I had to do it all over again I would do it that way.

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