Side Table with Carved Details
The form of David Lamb's table may be simple and Shaker inspired, but the details add an extra level of elegance.
Synopsis: The form may be simple and Shaker inspired, but the details on this end table add an extra level of elegance. The legs are turned and tapered, with a slight swelling at the top. The feet are turned from a contrasting wood. And the leaf carving at the tops of the legs looks great and adds some lessons in carving to the project.
This little end table is a functional combination of a simple form with subtle but considered detail. Most notable may be the carving, which while very straightforward in both layout and execution contributes a layer of elegance to the table’s Shaker roots. The turned legs have a pleasing taper with a slight swelling near the top, similar to neoclassical designs. The final feature is the use of contrasting material, butternut and its darker cousin, walnut. If you choose to use different species, consider how they’ll resonate…