My inspiration for this project comes primarily from the work of George Nakashima and the industrial chic aesthetic. George Nakashima is an american woodworker who chose to keep the live edges on the wood slabs he used to create his furniture believing that nature was the true artist. Much of Nakashima’s work has a modern aesthetic to it keeping angular attributes to the legs to retain the focus on the wooden slab.
For my piece I would like to incorporate the live wood table top with the pipe legs from the industrial chic aesthetic. This is largely due to two main reasons; one, I think using dark iron pipes will help further draw more attention to the wood of the piece and work well with the other pieces in my room. Secondly, it is relatively cheap and accessible for someone with next to no woodworking experience.
My piece itself is defined as a circular reading table roughly 2′ in diameter with a height of roughly 3′ supported by 3 legs made of pipe incorporating a movable light fixture.
To do this I will first have to acquire the piece of wood. There is a sawmill outside of town that I need to contact still about getting a circular cross section. If they are unable to do this I may inquire about a similar sized piece of wood in a different geometry or make the tabletop out of planks. Once the wood is acquired I will need to shape it and then treat it. I do not plan on staining the wood because staining good wood is a sin. Once stained I will attach the pipe legs.
Once the main body of the table has been assembled I will evaluate how best to go about attaching the light fixture. Ideally I would like the light fixture to be made by myself out of raw materials, but if time is not on my side I will modify a preexisting light fixture. I want the light fixture to be industrial chic in the sense that it has an edison bulb and dark metal tones.
I have not thus far done any cad or anything of the sort as much of it will rely on the available materials.