Tables of any shape and size are what cabinet makers love to make, if a need for a table is mentioned within earshot the excitement is palpable!! To say I was a little excited about be commission to design and make two bespoke beside tables and a dressing table only goes a short way. The customers home in Oxted is a lovely arts and craft style house which immediately led the direction of my design, although I needed to keep in mind the wardrobes also in the room.
After the initial chat and look around the clients house to get a feel of their tastes, its pencil to paper to come up with a few ideas. Once submitted to the customer we settled on a very slender design with limed oak tops and a hand painted farrow and ball paint for the frame.
As with a lot of bespoke furniture although we go to great lengths to design and draw everything to scale on a rod board, which is a full scale drawing with joinery details really helps to hone the design. There are certain design rules to adhere to when designing bespoke furniture that help guide you but the rod board is always a great help to finalise the design and help the customer have a greater understanding of the final piece.
The table frame is made of tulip wood with handle cut mortice and tenons. The drawers are solid oak and on Blum soft close runners, a step away from the arts and craft in fluence but a nice modern convenience. The solid oak top was hand finished in 2 coats of white Osmo wax oil and a final top coat of clear Osmo.