Lately I have been reading a lot of information about artistry in woodworking. I have listened to interviews, read articles, and studied many pictures regarding greats like Maloof, Gilmartin, Galbert, and others. Tonight as I was working on my latest commissioned project I felt inspired to try a little artistry. The project is a basic bedside table. My client had some oak plywood, 1″ base shoe, and cove left over from some home remodeling projects and asked if we could make it work. I started with some square legs, mortise and tenoned some upside down base as aprons, and use the plywood and upside down cove for the top. Feeling inspired I decided that the legs couldn’t just be square. I grabbed one of my hand planes and started a funky chamfer on the legs after assembly. It is a mild tapered chamfer to make the legs thinner in the middle than on the ends. I’m anxious to see how it looks once the quarter sawn legs get hit with stain and finish.
Let the creative juices flow!