A Showcase Table for Bonnie and Michael

One of the great joys resulting from creative work is that of discovery.  In other words, when I design and subsequently build a piece, I have a good sense of how it will look when finished, but I do not always have a good sense of how every construction detail will be accomplished.  First, I designed the table, intended to showcase a beautiful vase atop plate glass, with a precious original piece of music beneath the glass.

Showcase Table with glass top, scalloped aprons, and arced legs (ebony capos)

Showcase Table with glass top, scalloped aprons, and arced legs (ebony capos)

The challenge was to design a support system for the 1/4" glass plate, without disfiguring the apron.  The result was a dadoed ledge, which would also be able to support the ebonized table base.

The ledge is glued to the inside perimeter of the apron.

The ledge is glued to the inside perimeter of the apron.

A close-up of the ledge as it meets the corner.

A close-up, showing the roughed-in dadoed edge.  The legs (ebony capo) and ledge are cherry, the aprons are goncalo alves.

A close-up, showing the roughed-in dadoed edge.  The legs (ebony capo) and ledge are cherry, the aprons are goncalo alves.

Bonnie and Michael really liked the idea of scalloped aprons.  (I have always enjoyed this design possibility!)

One of the great joys of finishing a commissioned piece is when the clients see it in its new home - AND - when they love it!  I am happy that Michael and Bonnie have pronounced the Showcase Table as "perfect!"

Here it is, displaying a manuscript beneath the glass, written by Norwegian composer, Theadora Cormonton.  On the top rests a vase, created by the owner of the home where Theadora spent her final years.