(With apologies to Derek Jacobi and his TV series about a Crusader-turned-monk that investigates murders)
I’m ready to start on the Arts & Crafts bookcase, although I’m not ready to buy the expensive, wide quartered white oak sight unseen and have it shipped here. So I’m still noodling on how to get the materials I need for that.
While I’m doing that, I had a couple of ideas I wanted to play with. One is this side table from the Blacker house. I believe there are two different versions of this table, in different sizes, made for the blacker house, one that is scaled to be roughly the size of a side table, and another that was a serving table in the dining room. I need to read through my books to get a petter handle on this. Here is the side table version from the Ari Institute of Chicago. They list the dimensions as 29 7/8 x 36 x 22 1/8 in.
Working form this photograph and dimensions I started building parts in CAD. I’ve been through a couple of revisions, tweaking things to get the scale right. I still don’t have the scale quite right, although I’m getting close.
I think the skirts are too tall still. The legs, currently at 1 5/8″, seemed too big compared to the Thorsen table I recently made. I think they are actually too small in reality. I found a furniture maker in Texas who made a version of this table, and emailed him to get his take on the dimensions. In his version the legs are actually 55mm or 2.165″. The top on his looks out of scale, but the proportions on the base look pretty good to me. His version uses the blacker leg indent detail, I don’t believe the originals had that, but I’m not positive.
I just doodled in some inlay to get a sense of how this might look as a finished piece, the inlay design is still somewhat crude. I’m going to play with this design a little more — I have enough Sapele left for the legs I think…