An Exercise in Design
Given a common inspiration, three furniture makers create a diversity of designs
Synopsis: Given the same basic inspiration, how would three decidedly different woodworkers come up with a design for an arched-leg table? Fine Woodworking senior editor Mark Schofield decided to find out. Inspired by the graceful arches of a bridge spanning a Connecticut river, Schofield sent a photograph to Jere Osgood, Wayne Marcoux, and Garrett Hack and supplied a few main dimensions, requesting that they design a table based on those arches. The result may surprise you, or even inspire you to come up with your own design.
I’m sure I’m not the only woodworker who has embarked on a project without first working out all the details. After seeing the graceful arches of a bridge spanning Connecticut’s Housatonic River, I recently rushed into building an arched-leg table (see photo, p. 63).
I did a quick sketch of the table, built a bending form, and steam-bent some ash arches.…