Elegant side table
With tapered legs, split aprons, and profiled top, Mason McBrien's table was designed to showcase the lightness and straight grain of the American white ash.
Synopsis: With tapered legs, split aprons, and profiled top, this table was designed to showcase the lightness and straight grain of the American white ash. The double apron lends lightness to the table while providing the strength that a single wide apron would.
The primary motivation behind this table was to make a simple piece that celebrated the beautiful grain of American white ash—a tree doomed to extinction because of the invasive emerald ash borer. In keeping with the elegance of ash’s linear grain, the table’s construction is fairly straightforward—straight-tapered legs, split aprons connecting them, and a top profiled underneath.
The double apron has a double benefit. Whereas a single wider apron would provide the necessary anti-racking strength, its size would have clashed with the lightness of the design. This dual apron keeps things light while acting mechanically like a single wide apron. Don’t let the…