|The Sketch: Mesquite Dining Table
Most of Lou's mesquite furniture projects start with a sketch. The sketch is a way to make sure he is on the same page as the client. This project started defined as as a mesquite dining table. The client knew he wanted Lou Quallenberg to design a mesquite dining table for his second home that would seat eight comfortably. We had photos and dimensions of the room but no decision on the shape of the table: rectangle, square or round. In order to help the client make a decision Lou made scale model versions of a square mesquite dining table and a rectangle mesquite dining table. He had enjoyed making the tiny scale models of "The Dancing Trees", the chapel and benches so this was inevitable. Several clients have expressed interest in the tiny model versions but I doubt it could ever be a profitable business model and talk about a niche, niche market. Not just mesquite furniture but mesquite dollhouse furniture! We are however looking at smaller versions of some products as a product line but more on that in a future blog post......
|Square Mesquite Table Model
After the client decided on a rectangle the approximate sized book matched mesquite slabs were found but once Lou started working with them the question became whether there would be enough space on the table to be comfortable. Lou recommended adding a five inch similar piece of mesquite down the middle to give a bit more elbow room and space on the table and the client agreed.
|Two mesquite slabs too small?
|Center strip added for size.
|Brent Catterton's Shop
|Rough mesquite dining table with tiny model.
|Black epoxy fills the hole.
|A mesquite knothole inlay.
|Pouring the Waterlox Tung Oil
|Bob Pheil sprays a layer of the Waterlox finish.
|Lou Quallenberg wiping up drips.
|Delivering can be a tricky process.
|Top and base ready to be joined in their new home
|Placing the mesquite top on the base.
|Saying goodbye as a new owner finds her spot.
I had fun watching as the children on this delivery picked their favorite special spots on the table. I hope that mom agreed with their choices because they seemed pretty determined that their choices would be their spots for the many future meals they would enjoy on it. I am confident it will become a treasured family piece either way.