The second of the two tables I just finished up is a bit more characteristic of my typical work. The table uses a base made of laminated poplar and steel cable to support a glass sheet that serves as the tabletop. As with most of work, the design makes use of tension to create a suspended yet stable system. The central curve is not glued or fastened to any other piece of wood but is instead pulled in all directions by surrounding cables. As a result, it does not move at all in relation to the rest of the piece and is able to support a 40 lb sheet of glass.
As always, the usual phase of random sketching kicked off my process:
After lots of planning, I got down to the process of realizing my design. The first step was to rip thin strips of poplar with a table saw and use those to laminate the two central bends. Next, I built the stand that holds the main sculptural element in place. This was perhaps the hardest step, as the design required that the stand interlock perfectly with one of the laminated bends in order to provide stability. Finally, I used the method of wiring that I first explored in my Muscle Series and Voila! It’s done