Grain pattern inspires a new take on a pinwheel design.
By Heather Trosdahl
I originally made this table during my first year at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program. For our second project we are encouraged to incorporate shop-sawn veneers in some way. My plan was simple: I wanted to make a table out of a small but beautiful piece of red narra (an exotic from Southeast Asia). I knew it had to be a veneered top to get the most out of this unusual board, and I wanted it to be simple in design to allow the wood to speak for itself. I decided to resaw the board and find a pleasing layout by slipmatching my veneers.
Once I cut the veneers I realized I didn’t like how this particular board looked when slipmatched. Bookmatching, or even flipping parts end to end, presented unwelcome chatoyance. No matter how I arranged the veneers and depending on the direction of the light they shifted from lighter to darker in color, highlighting the fact that I was joining separate pieces of wood to make the top.
Blog: For more information on resawing your own veneer, see the author’s “Shop-sawn Veneer: A Primer” on the Editors’ Blog.
Web Site: Epifanes finishes can be found at Jamestown Distributors.
Web Site: For the file/burnisher the author uses, visit Glen-Drake Toolworks.
In Our Store: For more design inspiration, read Oscar P. Fitzgerald’s “Studio Furniture of the Renwick Gallery.” Read more