Combining traditional elements with an artistic influence.
SHOP OWNER: Thomas Skaggs
LOCATION: Champaign, IL
With warmer weather here, Iíll need to spend less time in my shop and more time attending to outdoor duties. However, yesterday I completed work on a coffee table Iíve been working on for the great room.
This design reflects a new area of design for me, which I have been trying for a short while. The approach is to incorporate traditional design elements but with an artistic influence. Since we already have some Arts and Crafts style furniture in the great room, I wanted this table to relate.
I made the top from quilted maple. The arched breadboard ends are curly maple with an ebony inlay, which is an abstract flower. The pegs are padauk. I died the wood with an aniline dye and finished with Danish oil and wipe-on satin poly.
The base is made of cherry, the accent end panels are curly maple, and the pegs are ebonized walnut. I used through tenons for the lower shelf stretcher/supports.
I designed the lower shelf to hold magazines and books.
Here is my shop dog, Kramer, inspecting the final work. He did not lift his leg at it so I guess it passed muster!. . . Thomas Skaggs
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