I recently finished a brand-spankin’ new conference table for rising creative content stars (and Equal Omaha leaders and champions) Delinea Design.
With multiple woods, strange angles, drawers, painted components and frosted glass that required me to enlist the assistance of my mentor and friend Littleton Alston, this proved to be a complicated and ultimately rewarding piece.
The Delinea Design Conference Table (2012)
Most of the complications with the design and fabrication of this piece stemmed from having solid wooden top pieces along with the closed sides, rendering the underside nearly inaccessible after completion. When making a table with a solid top, one should rarely, if ever, simply screw the top down onto a base or apron. As many have learned the hard way, doing so will likely result in a cracked top because the wooden planks won’t be able to expand and contract with changes in temperature and humidity. While this wasn’t a major concern with the redwood section, since that wood was so old and tends to be more stable anyway, the younger birch side poses a stronger risk. To accommodate expansion and contraction, I attached several perpendicular wafers to the plywood base and routed thin grooves in each one in order to attach a sliding clip that screws to the underside of the table top.
Another challenge was installing the two drawers at the end of the birch top side. In the past, I’ve been hesitant to use manufactured drawer hardware, preferring instead to construct my own glides to add to the handmade quality, and to keep a consistent aesthetic within each piece. Because of the complicated construction (and because I was able to find some white drawer glides that closely matched the white painted legs), I found the hardware easy to install. It also allows each drawer to slide easily within its opening. I think these European style drawer glides will be my preferred choice from now on. In fact, I used them on another table I recently finished too.
To finish off the drawers, I opted to drill a small finger hole in the center of each one as a pull. Doing so eliminated any danger of bumping into – or, perhaps more likely – being annoyed by a protruding knob.
After a few delivery delays the Delinea Design crew is already enjoying their new table.