End table set - build #1: Starts with a need

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Blog entry by Ottacat posted 01-30-2014 01:25 PM 1417 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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A piece of furniture fulfills two functions. The first is functional and the second is aesthetic. This is a fancy way of saying we need it to do something and want it to look nice.

My living room has a big sectional sofa and ‘my’ spot is at one corner which has a built-in recline and my daughter has ‘her’ spot which is the opposite corner which also has a built-in recliner. The room is too long for the sectional to go back into the corner of two walls so it sits with one side against a wall and the second side comes out into the room. I sit in the corner that is along the wall and I have an end table. Its a my Shaker style end table that I made as one of my first woodworking projects. It functions but it wasn’t really built for this function and as such its about 2” too high. The end that protrudes into the room doesn’t have an end table. One of the reasons is that because it is already protruding into the room, the table needs to be rather small. Specifically it needs to be narrow and yet have a bit of length to it.

In terms of function, I wanted both the same size but they only need to hold lamps, drinks and maybe a couple of heavy text books from time-to-time as my daughter is currently taking Engineering in university and likes to study there sometimes. Neither table needs drawers as the coffee table already has one. I then measured out the size I would need and did some sketches.

In terms of design, my daughter likes ‘black stuff’ and her room is full of Ikea black stuff. I’m slowly trying to get her to see and understand the beauty of wood. I decided to build these in a simple imitation of the style of Anthony Buzak – a set with ebonized black bases and a top consisting of an exotic veneer framed to show it off and with ebony inlay to add nice contrast.

The goal is for her to take these end tables at some point in her life and have them in a style that suits her.

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 11:22 PM

Looking forward to following your build.

I agree with your thoughts of ‘form Following function’ and your build has the forethought of a second life.
Your daughter will take a little of family and home to her new home one day.

Best Regards. Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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