I thought for my first blog post it would be fun to post a photo journal showing a custom project going together. This particular project was initiated by a good customer who was having trouble finding an entryway table that fit her curved staircase wall.
She had tried various off the shelf solutions (round tables, etc) but was dissatisfied with the end results. She turned to us for help and I think we came up with a nice solution.
Curved pieces are tricky and require a lot of fixturing. The curved fixture pictured was used to make the curved back of the table. This required gluing up eight thin pieces of birch to produce the key component of this piece. That piece was attached to the middle shelf and created the framework and reference points for the rest of the project.
The leg assemblies were glued up and fit into place. From there, the bottom shelf could be layed out and cut into place. With the bottom shelf in place, the middle leg could be installed.
From there it was on to the drawers. These were complicated. Both fronts and backs had to be glued up to their specific radiuses which meant two additional fixtures for gluing them up. Then came the drawer fronts which also needed their own glue up fixture. With the drawers finished, the top was fabricated and the table was ready for finishing. The table was to be placed adjacent to an antique French Armoire, so the wood and the stain were chosen to match that piece as closely as possible.
Finally, distressing was added to give the piece an "older, antique" look. The top coat was a durable, low-gloss catalyzed varnish. The drawer pulls were from Italy and added to the character of the piece. The client was pleased with the results and we were proud to have contributed a fine, handmade piece of furniture to their home!