Cocktail Tables

January 4, 2010


Bamboo and Wenge Cocktail Table Set

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I made this pair of tables this past spring for a couple right here in Keene, New Hampshire. Cool people. He runs a non-profit arts organization, and she does media relations. The majority of my clients live at some distance from my studio, mostly in larger metropolitan areas, but it’s nice to know that there are folks who appreciate progressive design just about anywhere.

The design of these tables is fun, modern, and very practical. They were designed as a pair, but can be used separately also. And if guests show up unexpectedly, you can sweep all the magazines and remote-controls (and dirty dishes?) into the cubby holes in the sides of the tables and push the two together… Voilà, clean room. Better living through design!

I am always looking for new projects, so if you like what you see, please contact me. I’d love to talk to you about your ideas. And if you know of anyone else who might be interested in stuff like this, please send him or her over to take a look. Thanks.

Gary Spykman

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2 Responses to “Cocktail Tables”


  1. Dear Mr. Spykman.

    I was very much impressed with the pictures of your work exhibited on woodweb.

    I am about to finish a television unit made of red beech. What finishing do you suggest. I was thinking of Danish oil. What is your expert opinion?

    Thank you and best regards.

    Emanuel SAmmut Malta


  2. Hello Emanuel,

    Thanks for seeking out my blog. Choosing the best finish for a piece is almost always a matter of compromises. Danish oil brings out the color and figure of the wood very nicely, and it is very easy to apply, and is very easy to repair. It does not, however provide much protection to the wood, although for a television cabinet that may not be much of an issue.

    If you want more protection against scratches and water damage, then a surface-coating finish, such as lacquer or varnish, is called for. Of course, these are more difficult to apply and more difficult to repair if the surface should get damaged. See, it’s all compromises, you just have to choose what is most important to you.

    Gary


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