Relationship Study

This slideshow illustrates my latest piece Relationship Study, a trestle table made entirely of Western maple (96″ x 45″ x 29″ high).  This table is available for purchase.

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Why is Relationship Study an Appropriate Name for this Table?

This video talks about the table and explains why I chose the name.


I documented the build live on Twitter (username @FlairWoodworks, category #flairww).  I’ve archived the Tweets on my blog in Sessions which are listed below, as well as comments from readers as the table progresed.

Session 1: Flat Boards are Boring

“I love the way it is coming out, nice work.”
Chris Adkins

Session 2: Playing with Slabs

“Beautiful slabs and I like the layout you chose.”
Paul-Marcel St. Onge 

Session 3: From Two Slabs to One Table Top

“It’s going to be a magnificent table!”
Vic Hubbard

Session 4: Clamping Odd Shapes and Sketching on Wood

“Can’t get over your talent for being only 24 Chris.  You have such a creative mind.  It shows in your work!”
Michael Agate 

Session 5: Routing Pockets for Battens

“Nice looking table top Chris. It looks like a behemoth!”
Mike Flaim 

Session 6: Making Battens and Installing Countertop Connectors

“Looks excellent, Chris!  Love the look of the table especially with the live edge to the inside and smooth to the outside.”
Paul-Marcel St. Onge
 

Session 7: Installing Battens and Flattening the Underside

“An absolutely beautiful job so far. It’s going to be magnificent when completed.”
Ron Wenner

Session 8: Make Your Tools Work for You and Flattening the Top

“Nice! Can’t wait to see it finished.
Joe Ledington 

Session 9: Mortises the Slow Way (or Why I’m Buying a Domino XL)

“Really can’t wait to see this table when it’s finished. It’s amazing.”
Scott Meek

Session 10: Curvy Legs are Always Good

…cannot wait to see this one done…
Dan Northrup

Session 11: Straight Lines on Wonky Surfaces

“Great job Chris.  I’ve been watching the progress on your table and enjoying the process.
Beth Perry
 

Session 12: Fitting the Mother of all Mortise & Tenon Joints

“Chris, Wow, what’s not to like about this table. I admire that you have not taken the easy route on anything. This is some of the most creative and difficult joinery I can remember. I’m very impressed. You continue to do excellent work.”
Bret Duffin
 

Session 13: Making Things Better, Worse, then Better

“I admire your work and look forward to the next instalment!”
Scott Burnette

Session 14: Battens and Complicated Tenons, Again

“Great work! Enjoying the posts.”
Morgan Holt 

Session 15: The Trestle Comes Together

“…can’t wait to see that table finished”
James Denham 

Session 16: Angled Mortises and Tenons

“It’s going to be an awesome table.”
Dyami Plotke

Session 17: Two Feet for Two Legs

“Looking great! can not wait to see it once you start carving!!!”
Dan Northrup

Session 18: Attachment Strips and Power Carving

“…this looks great Chris, can’t wait to it done. Inspiring!”
Jon  C. McGrath 

Session 19: Refining the Sculpted Base

“Really like the shaping you’ve done. Very pleasing lines…at least to me”
Josh Ulloa

Session 20: A Little Sanding, then More Sanding

“…nice work. Looks really smooth.”
Tim Charles

Session 21: Preparing for a Big Glue-Up

“…really have enjoyed following this build. It looks outstanding!”
Ron C. Bailey
 

Session 22: Fitting and Joining the Table Top 

“Chris, I think you’re on the cusp of making something seriously beautiful.”
Charles Stanford 

Session 23: The Bottom of the Top 

“Love the shape it’s taking. GREAT work Chris!”
Michael Agate 

Session 24: Profiling the Table’s Edge

“I’m just gobsmacked by the work you’re doing on the free form maple table. Stayed up till 1:00 A.M. catching up and then got up this morning to follow some more. Amazing!”
Steve H.

Session 25: Completing the Bottom Edge

“That really is an incredible table. Love the lines, the material, and the workmanship is phenomenal!”
Vic Hubbard
 

Session 26: Installing the Base

“Your trestle table is a work of art”
Ryan VanDyke

Session 27: Flattening the Top and Completing the Edge

“Thank you for the inspiration. Your tweet along on the trestle table has been awesome!!!”
Stephen Duffy

Session 28: Filling in the Voids

“I love it!”
Al Navas

Session 29: Removing Epoxy, Then Adding More

“That is just a beautiful piece. I can’t wait to see it all put together with a finish on it!”
Vic Hubbard

Session 30: Preparing for Finishing and Starting Some Finishing

“That’s a lot of time. But it sure looks good.”
Gregory Paolini

Session 31: Finishing the Top