In a few short days I will move to Washington DC from Bloomington, IN. I will have spent two years here to the day, driving in on May 15, 2010, and driving out the same day two years later. With just a few days to spare, I finally completed my dining table. It’s based off of a design from FWW called Stickley Done Lightly, which appeared in cherry. I did this in walnut, and changed a few features that I feel lighten the design a little.
I began by cutting the legs.
First in half, and then ripped on the bandsaw.
Then I made the top. Obviously, this is the most important and thus time consuming piece of the project, so I spent a long time ensuring the timbers were flat and jointed properly.
Then I made the apron parts:
I assembled the bottom with my friend Vincent’s help, and then Rach and I moved both pieces upstairs and put them in place on a sunny spring afternoon.
The Suzani we got in Istanbul from an Afghan Uzbek guy who gave us the hook up when we spoke to him in Uzbek and Dari.
I decided to put some new handles on some Japanese kitchen knives I got from Japan Woodworker.
The wood I used for the handles was given to us as an engagement present by Rach's dad, and is some of the most stunningly beautiful wood I have ever seen. We decided that projects created with this wood become 'family projects'.
I turned it to a slight taper on the lathe and then added a brass collet to keep it tight.