TILT TOP BREAKFAST TABLE - PADOUK & OAK breakfast table

A contemporary design in Padouk and Oak measuring 43” x 29'' and standing 29” tall. The top is veneered in Kevasingo (rotary cut bubinga) and is highly figured. This frames a marquetry panel in various woods adopted from a design by the Art Nouveau artist Alphone Mucha.

History In 2004 I started work on what was to be my most ambitious and successful project to date.

It began as most things do at the drawing board as I was designing a piece from scratch to my own contemporary style with a strong traditional influence. I wanted to create my own design for a Tilt Top Table to showcase a marquetry panel taken from an art-nouveau design by Alphonse Mucha.

The base was the difficult part it took me a while to come up with a satisfactory design - two curved legs intersect with a curved bottom scretcher. The legs are laminated from 3mm and 1.5mm beech constructional veneer, and after plaining cross-grained lipings of Padouk were glued to the edges of the legs and scretchers.

The top is made from 1” material liped with solid Padouk about 3mm thick. Bubinga was veneered onto the back and the marquetry panel was bordered with a two piece match of Kevasingo. A bead mould in oak was made and fixed into position on the rim.

The marquetry panel on the Padouk and Oak breakfast table is one of four identical panels produced at the 'Chevalet de Marqueterie' using the Boulle technique and the Classis process.

WOODS USED IN THE MARQUETY OF THE TABLE
The marquetry consists of over 500 pieces of veneer arranged in a rectangular framework. About thirty different species of veneer were used.

The most prominent veneers were horse chestnut for the face and torso, purpleheart for the dress, Indian rosewood for the background of the floral part of the design and Jarrah in two different shades for the leafwork.

Other interesting veneers included Burr Vabona and Makore for the seat, Zebrano and Indian Laurel, part of the circular bonding and American and English burr walnut for banding the background at the top of the panel.

As I produced four copies of this panel about 2,000 pieces of veneer were arranged in trays prior to assembly of the parts.