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Quarter-sawn Mahogany, 2010

"Hand Joinery Bedside Table" was my first project completed at Rochester Institute of Technology. The requirements for this piece was to use all hand tools to make a small table, using only the bandsaw to rough out general shapes, every finished surface and all joints are created using solely hand tools. The other requirement was to use three specific joints; a half lap, cross lap, and bridal. No other types of joints were allowed. All joints were cut using solely a hand saw and chisels.

Bending wood was also not allowed so with this piece I challenged myself to use solely straight lines to create a table. This was a big design challenge as my design vocabulary seemed to be based solely upon curves. Using inspiration from Santiago Calatrava. I used intersecting curves to initialize a visual dialogue representing a parabolic form, hence creating a curve. This idea of creating a curve is not taken to the point where a curve takes form but it is heading towards that direction.

As a warm up to this project one of the first assignments given was to take a block of wood, 18"x10"x8/4" and transform it into a perfect rectangular prism only using a hand plane. Our tolerance was 3 thousandths of an inch, the thickness of a hair. There had to be no lines left from the hand plane as well, and all sides had to be respectively square and parallel to each other. We continued to cut that slab up into a mallet.

This project was sanded to 220 grit in most places and 320 in some more visible areas. Numerous coats of Bartley's Gel Varnish were hand rubbed and buffed in.

"Hand Joinery Bedside Table" was completed in the fall of 2010.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work,

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Beautiful, big project congratulations.
 

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Wow,
once you leave the road of squareness things quickly become art. I am (in many ways) a square person and couldn't come up with a design like that. Curves are somewhat threatening to me, I'm a member of the secret 90-degree-society. Very inspiring!

Congratulations, this is a real masterpiece.
 

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That is a very cool and creative project. You've better got an A.
 

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Looks very… weird. :) But beautiful and elegant, definitely an attention-grabber.
 

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You had your work cut out, in order to get all thase angled joints to line up, and be as perfect as they are. I am sure you got positive feedback from the instructor.
 

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Amazingly beautiful joinery. I love this piece.
 
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