Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wait! I'm more than just a teacher!

I know it sounds like crazy talk, but most teachers do actually have a life and interests that aren't school related. Summer is a great time to indulge those interests. Over two years ago, I designed a dining room table with the intent of building it that summer. My daughter was an infant that summer. Needless to say, I didn't have time to build a table. Last summer, time again slipped away from me and my plans gathered more dust. This summer was do or die. I did!

From a design standpoint, I like to combine clean, modern lines with older elements. This is how my finished table came out! 
The table top is made of 8/4 ash. I designed the base and had it fabricated by a local iron working company. The top has old letterpress typography inset and covered with glass. My wife is a graphic designer is a slight obsession with typography. I love the history behind it and being able to think about what the letters have been used to print throughout the decades. 

I'm really happy with how the whole project came out. I'm even happier that I found time to build it. 

Close-up of the type inset. It was slightly terrifying taking a router
to a perfectly good tabletop. Everything wound up fitting perfectly.
Detail of the base. Much of the type is lead,
so the top needed a good amount of support.


6 comments:

Unknown said...

That's awesome! I love the middle part with the letterpress typography. Did you seal the glass with silicone or anything to protect it from spills? Also, did you laminate pieces of ash together and put it through the planer? I like the the ironwork. Very functional for putting a lot of chairs around the table. I think you may have motivated me to get to work.

Zach Stoller said...

I thought about sealing it, but I thought it might be fun to swap out the typography from time to time. I jointed and planed the lumber prior to laminating them together. After that I sanded. A lot. If you make something, let me know. I'd love to see your work!

Vicky Siegel said...

Love, love, love it!!!

dmasse said...

love it, dude! sharp from a distance and the type blocks add another element up close:)

Mrs. Nguyen said...

Very nice!!

sallgood said...

Beautiful!