Hand Joinery Bedside Table
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This was my first project completed at Rochester Institute of Technology. The requirements for this piece were to use all hand tools to make a sm… Read More
This was my first project completed at Rochester Institute of Technology. The requirements for this piece were to use all hand tools to make a small table, the bandsaw was used to rough out general shapes. Every finished surface and all joints are created using solely hand tools. Read Less
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Hand Joinery Bedside Table
Quarter-sawn Mahogany, 2010

“Hand Joinery Bedside Table” was my first project completed at Rochester Institute of Technology. The requirements for this piece were to use all hand tools to make a small table, the bandsaw was only used to rough out general shapes. Every finished surface and all joints are created using solely hand tools. The other requirement was to use three specific joints; a half lap, cross lap, and bridal. No other types of joints were allowed. All joints were cut using solely a hand saw and chisels.

Bending wood was also not allowed so with this piece I challenged myself to use solely straight lines to create a table. This was a big design challenge as my design vocabulary seemed to be based solely upon curves. Using inspiration from Santiago Calatrava. I used intersecting curves to initialize a visual dialogue representing a parabolic form, hence creating a curve. This idea of creating a curve is not taken to the point where a curve takes form but it is heading towards that direction.

“Hand Joinery Bedside Table” is finished with Bartley's Gel Varnish and was completed in the fall of 2010.