Nakashima Inspired Table
I have always liked the simplicity of George Nakashima's designs so I decided to build one of his tables. The final dimensions of this table is 60 inches long, 28 inches wide and 29 inches tall. I used the bridle joint for connecting the legs to the feet, upper stretchers and middle stretcher. For the top, I was able to get wide enough lumber to make the top in 2 pieces. I used my drum sander to flatten the boards since they were pretty much dead flat from the sawmill (rare in my case).
The finish on this table is different from my usual approach. I applied a coat of boiled linseed oil and 6 coats of a garnet dewaxed shellac. I applied the boiled linseed oil with a paper towel and the shellac with a cotton rag. In the future I will probably switch to using a brush on large areas like this top.
And finally, to attach the top, I just routed out 4 slots on the upper stretchers for some basic table top fasteners and attached them with some screws. I really liked the outcome of this and will probably continue on the Nakashima theme with some sort of wall shelf in the near future.
@GotClamps Thank you!
Simple and elegant. Thanks for showing the build details on the bridle joints. Very helpful!
Thanks for the kind words!@vsur said: