This distinctive table can grace any room in the house or office with a little bit of wall space. The Claro Walnut Lamp Table is about 16″ wide and deep x 24″ tall; the unique slat shelf is about 5″ above floor level. This small solid walnut table is beautiful with a lovely bookmatch-cut, live-edge tabletop and stunning grain graphics flowing thru the hand shaped shelf slats. The table is also strong; 3/8″ mortise and tenons secured with West System G-Flex epoxy join the legs, aprons and stretchers. The tabletop is affixed to the aprons using slotted steel clips and screws (the only metal used in this piece); the slotted clips allow for seasonal wood movements experienced by all pieces made of solid wood as humidity fluctuates. I hand shape each leg using a very fine spokeshave after roughing out on my bandsaw; the general shape was taught to me in a fine furniture school co-sponsored by the late Jim Krenov, a famous furniture maker and author; Jim’s students called them “Gumbie” legs…
Shelf slats are about a half-inch thick and I bandsaw them to some hand-drawn patterns I made a few years ago, not perfect like a computer program might shape and cut them, but they are mine. After roughing out each slat on the bandsaw, I hand shape the final curves using one of my very fine spokeshaves, hand-stitched French rasps, and fine files until I’m satisfied with the end result. Each slat is individually affixed to the lower stretchers using specially shaped “Miller Mini-X” dowels that are glued in through the slat into the lower stretchers. I used walnut dowels in this instance. Each dowel is flush-cut using a fine, kerf-free Japanese saw blade and then flush pared with a very sharp chisel.
The piece is finished with four hand-rubbed coats of Maloof oil/poly mix then topped with 2-6 coats of Minwax quick dry polyurethane for protection. Though the surfaces are quite durable, placing a hot object directly on the tabletop or shelf will cause a “ring” because of the oil finish used in the initial coats. The polyurethane will provide protection from the occasional spill of water, wine, soda, etc. allowing for simple cleanup with a damp cloth or sponge.
This particular piece has been exhibited at several shows, so I also polished it with Clapham’s beeswax polish; any commonly available furniture polish will keep it looking like new for years. Treating this finely crafted piece with care and respect deserved by fine furniture, I anticipate that more than one generation will enjoy displaying it in their home or office.
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