Friday, October 24, 2014

590 Marble top contemporary

This is actually a Ceasarstone top, but the design is appropriate for marble as well.   (44 x 84 x 30"h)  Solid sapele dining table.  A lightweight and very strong torsion box is used to provide strength and stability for the stone, and this hides behind the apron.  Stone is let into the center and is glued in place with the proper mastic for Caesarstone.  Many adjustable levelers within the torsion box act in tandem to adjust the height of the stone to a precise 1/16 inch above the level of the surrounding wood apron and holds the stone "just so" as the mastic hardens over its proper cure time.  

Rather than the commonly seen cutaway style leg, these are, instead, full split-turned legs (lathe turned and then split into four sections).  Our client liked a similar dining table built by us several years ago but a different leg profile was more appropriate for her look, which if described in only two words would be opulent yet modern.  

Close view of legs showing inside detail.  Solid sapele was chosen for its grain pattern and has been ebonized to give the "very very dark, almost black" color desired.  
Showing table edge close view.  
A small gap between the stone and table edge is necessary to allow for seasonal movement of the stone.  This is carefully filled with color matched flexible caulk.  Ordinarily we must allow for seasonal expansion of the wood; however in this design, such movement is minimal to non-existent.  

This shows finish sample used to create this finish.  During the design phase of any project, finish examples are mailed to our clients to look at and choose in their own rooms with their unique lighting.  The chosen sample is then sent back to us, and since we do so much bespoke work, we use that sample to guide our finishing choices.  In the end, the piece will perfectly match the example board.