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One of three examination tables for the Traditional Care Suite. Solid Ash. All mortise-and-tenon construction.
A close-up of the really grainy Ash I used for the 30 x 60 table top. Since this special room will be used for WI Native Tribe artifact ceremonies, all of the wood was sourced from the Menominee Tribal Enterprises Sawmill.
When used together, these two tables can seat 10 for large ceremonies and artifact examinations. When separate, they will be set against one of the room's long walls.
Another table top close-up, showing my careful selection and layout of some matching Ash slabs. These pieces even have some nice "curl" and ribbon features. The linseed oil-and-beeswax finish will help show off that grain.
A stipulation of the proposal was to use no mechanical fasteners in any of the pieces. So, in addition to the mortise-and-tenon joints in the legs, I used a floating tenon in these wedges, which were then glued to the table undersides.
In this view, you can see the twin stretchers mounted high on the leg assemblies. Why up so high? For some of the gatherings, these tables may be set directly over a ceremonial rock in the room's center.
This nice shot shows some of the underside details. Soft curves, highly rounded edges, and gentle angles are some my hallmarks.
This free-standing hutch is also a part of the package. Designed to enclose a small fridge, and some glassware, this piece is made entirely of solid Ash. The decks are married to the sides via floating dovetail joints.
A closer view into the hutch, showing the shiplap slats forming the back. These slats were each fastened to the decks with some solid wood dowel pins.
The proposal also stipulated no metal decorative hardware. No problem! Why not glue on some beautiful hand-shaped, full-length finger pulls?