Magobei’s Dining Table: Part 1


A table built for a ‘rags to riches’ patron becomes the perfect project for an accomplished protégé.
By Toshio Odate
Page: 40

From the August 2010 issue #184
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All these years, my assistant, Laure Olender, has not only been working with me doing woodwork, she also takes photographs (including those in this article), edits my articles and assists me at lectures and demonstrations. I thought she was ready to do her own large project from beginning to end. I brought up several traditional Japanese woodworking projects, but every one of them had some small, complicated, technical detail that did not fit well for her first large project.

I came up with the dining table idea and thought this to be the perfect project for her, so we made a plan. I explained all the necessary concepts to her before she started on the project, as I have many wishes, thoughts, traditions and ideologies about this dining table.

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From the August 2010 issue #184
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