Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Tuscan Design Method

In the first two episodes of this build, I worked on getting my live-edge table top shaped. This is actually the reverse process from how I typically work. Usually I start with the carcass and then move on to the top, but in this case the irregular shape of the top needs to actually inform the shape of the base. But in order to be able to lay out my aprons, I must have my legs designed and built first. In this episode, I'll walk you through my organic design process for creating what ultimately became tusk-shaped legs. Then in the next set of episodes, I'll get into the actual layout and construction of the base and joinery - probably my favorite part of any project. And stay tuned, because this project is going to have a fun little twist in the design of the carcass itself.



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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dude, I love how your 'dimensioning' room is also your 'finishing' room.....just say it's your basement and stop trying to make it seem more than it is.

Rob Bois said...

I actually set up my shop that way intentionally. There is one room for dimensioning and finishing, and another for all my construction and joinery. That way I can be finishing one project while kicking up dust at the table saw and never have to worry about finish problems. Both rooms are very small, but they are separate closed off rooms. And neither is any more or less than I've ever made it out to be.

Ken koch said...
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Ken koch said...

Beautiful curves on those legs! Watching you cut them out and then taper them, I kept imagining them in a trapezoid shape. Going from a rectangle shape at the top 6" and slowly tapering in the third dimension down to the toe. Just a thought. I have a few slabs of Siberian Elm and this is inspiring me to build a similar table. Thanks for your video, they are great for ideas and motivation to get something built.

Rob Bois said...

Thanks Ken. I actually have another leg design sketched up that does almost exactly what you described. Its going to require steam bending and I already have some green ash on hand just for that project.

Kristofer Brown said...

A big ol piece of ash eh? Ha.

The top came out great. Track saw makes easy work of straightening the ends. I also like the idea of having a nice curve on one side of the leg, and a taper on the other.

Rob Bois said...

Thanks Kristofer. You have no idea how many outtakes there are of my trying to say "big piece of ash" without laughing. I have a pretty good collection of bloopers saved up in a folder that will have to turn into a special episode one of these days.