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Beam Walk Table

The Beam Walk Table grew around two exceptional slabs of spalted/wormy maple from eastern Pennsylvania (spalting is a term for the unique coloration caused by the early stages of decay within a living tree). Jointed down the middle of the tabletop, they give the appearance of a single slab. This is simple enough; the design challenge was to use a minimal amount of structure in the base while retaining a rock-solid work/play/eating surface. Traditionally, the apron of a table connects the legs and supports the top; when working with thicker slabs, this is unnecessary. Using mortise and tenon joinery borrowed from timber framing, this style of base is remarkably robust while maximizing leg/knee room and minimizing the visual appearance of support. Red maple base; sumi ink stained. L 65 x W 35 x H 29.