Walnut End Table

As a woodworker, I must often call upon my experience as a geometry teacher when designing, building, or installing a piece. It is not often, however, that a client will ask me to create a piece based on a mathematical principle such as, say, the golden ratio.

In mathematics, two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities.

The challenge:  to create a set of end tables that adhere to the golden ratio.

The outcome was a pair of tables with a veneer top of bookmatched walnut enclosed by a frame of tiger maple and ebony inlay. This inlay is echoed on each of the four legs in a sort of anklet. At the heart of each of the the four aprons lies a panel of figured walnut in a maple frame.

 

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