TABLES

Tables rise up from the floor as a tree rises from the earth.  They provide a broad variety of surfaces to use (and admire) around your home or workplace: low or high - along a wall - in the middle of a sitting area.  While trees protect us and provide us with food and oxygen, a table serves us. 
Their open surfaces offer us space to display— serve snacks — or just lay down a book, your keys, a beverage.
My tables come in many forms — each individually designed to enhance the beauty of the wood. 
Many of these tables have butterflies — bow-tie shaped pieces — embedded in their surfaces.  They are used primarily to stabilize gaps in the wood, but also for decoration.  I make my butterflies with colorful woods, to contrast with their surroundings.  These exotic woods include bolivian rosewood, osage orange, redheart, copper beech, hickory, purpleheart, yellowheart, mesquite, ash, maple, padauk, and bubinga.
Each table is signed on its underside, along with all the woods used, and the identity of those butterflies.

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Narrow tables, intended to sit against a wall or the back of a sofa or other piece of furniture, have 2-3 supports, sometimes cut in a “wave” pattern. Height is usually 28-30”. The tops are live-edge pieces.

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SIDE / OCCASIONAL TABLES

Smaller tables, 17-19” tall, to use next to a chair or bed, for reading, a cup or glass, or a lamp. They can be used to display decorative items – but remember that the tables themselves are decorative!

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COFFEE TABLES

Larger tables (longer than 30”), ideal in the center of a conversation area. Plenty of room for drinks and snacks. Flowers, perhaps? Or a treasured collectible that longs to be in an elegant setting.

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WATERFALL TABLES

Using long, narrow sections of fine lumber (with live-edges on both sides) the piece is cut and “folded” over. The grain of the wood along the top of the table continues past the edge and into the larger support element, giving the effect of a waterfall flowing over the end of the table. These types of tables are meant to be seen from the sides and the ends, and run 20-35" high.

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WAVE TABLES

A single support piece is sliced into two parts, in a sensuous “wave” pattern, then juxtaposed to support a table top. The two parts of the single piece of wood produce both unity (the two parts can fit together), and tension (the parts are close – but still unable to connect).  In larger tables, there may be three supports, with matching wave patterns.

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SPLIT-TOP TABLES

Big leaf maple burl tops are sliced into two parts. They are separated (from 3/8” to 1”), and the gap is bridged by multiple butterfly keys of exotic woods. These tops (which are quite stable) are mounted on various forms of support structures, and combine the beauty of the burl patterns with the color and variety of the exotic wood butterflies. A unique design, certain to drawn attention and admiration.

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MULTI-LEVEL TABLES

A single piece of maple (or walnut, etc.) is cut into two parts (with a sinuous curve), then those parts are juxtaposed — at different levels — with the curves aligned. Supports are single pieces of wood (often walnut, for a nice contrast with the maple tops) connected only at the base with a vertical stretcher.  These can be designed as side tables or wall tables. Three-level tables are also available as an option.

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TABLETOP TABLES

Smaller versions of side tables and split-top tables. They sit 3-5” tall, are art pieces in their own right and have the same magnificent burls and grain patterns as the larger tables. They are great for display surfaces (photos, collectibles, craft work) and make thoughtful,
beautiful gifts.

 

Jay M. Siegelaub, Woodworker

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