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The design of the table was dictated by the materials available. The woodworking shop where I was taking classes was about to close and there were leftover materials from projects that some students had abandoned. I inherited a large and heavy, unfinished mahogany table top and 8 pieces of lacewood that were cut to the shown dimensions. I decided to cut the slab of mahogany in half and join the two pieces to create an elongated and more elegant shape. With the legs, I chose to use only 6, and kept the original length of the material (48”) for half of them. The other half I cut to the top surface of the tabletop (36”). I wanted to keep the design simple, not to distract from the beauty of the wood. The mahogany is dark and heavy; I wanted to juxtapose the heaviness that comes from it with the shape of the legs, creating lightness in the final design of the table.
This console table is the third piece of furniture that I ever designed and made. The top of the table is made of mahogany, for the legs I used lacewood. The finish is shellac which I padded. I chose this very traditional finishing technique, to showcase the natural beauty and figure of the wood.
Like most of my designs the console table can be used in a variety of settings, the materials and the finish will appeal to a more conservative taste, the shape is more contemporary.