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Hall tables of elm from Sonoma

Contained in a load of elm that had been salvaged from a tree cut down on personal property in Sonoma and kiln-dried, were four planks with a beautiful curve in the grain. Normally such planks would never show up in a lumber yard - too much irregular grain - and they would be scrapped. I debated what to do with the planks and finally decided to make several hall tables using these planks as the top in order to show off the rich grain and senuous curve.

Below is an example of two of the curved grain planks surrounding normal straight-grained planks.

three walnut sample strips

To complement the natural curve in the grain of the tops, I designed a table that incorporates subtle curves in its aprons, legs and lower spreader

elm hall table design drawing

Design for hall tables that will show off their beautiful curved tops