Hall Table with Flair
Inspired by a local flower, the natural curves of this table make it a California original
Synopsis: The legs on this table were designed with a pronounced taper to be wider at the top, echoing the shape of the calla lillies that grow wild on the California coast near where Anderson studied woodworking. The cut-away top was designed to put the legs on full display, and the aprons are shaped with an arc to echo that theme. Even the frame-and-panel that supports the drawer from underneath was designed to be decorative. There is a variety of joinery in this table, from interlocking mortise-and-tenon joints to dovetails to dowels, and Anderson finds real pleasure in shaping the legs using a combination of machine work and hand tools.
I designed this entryway table when I was a student in the Fine Woodworking program at College of the redwoods. many of my classmates were designing furniture with legs that tapered from thick at the bottom to thin at the top, a style we called “gumby” legs. Inspired by the calla lilies that grow wild near the school on California’s north coast, I took a different approach.
To echo the flower’s shape, I gave each leg a pronounced taper, topped with a gentle curve, on both outside faces. I cut away the table’s top at each corner to put these graceful shapes on full display, and I shaped the apron faces to harmonize with the profile of the legs. I built the table from shedua, with maple for the drawer sides and bottom.
The piece is a treat to build. The design is not as complex as a carcase piece but goes beyond a simple table with drawer, adding a few wrinkles that will help you grow as a woodworker.
There’s a variety of joinery, from traditional mortise-and-tenon joints to dovetails to dowels, and real pleasure in…
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