‘Dove-tables’ are a range of solid wood tables made with hand cut dovetail joints. These are contemporary sculptural designs that can be used as coffee tables (especially at the side of armchairs or sofas) or as foot stools/benches and larger versions used as console tables for the hallway or writing desks (with or without drawers – see bottom of page).
Traditionally made to the highest standards of craftsmanship, Dove-tables are made from either kiln dried European oak or N. American cherry. They can be made to any given size and ordered directly from my studio workshop or from high quality retail art & craft galleries (see below). The photo above shows the original single asymmetric Dove-table design in solid European oak, the picture below shows two singles joined together as a double.
The very strong joint featured in their construction is the ‘through dovetail’, both 90 degree and oblique dovetails which I mark out and cut by hand (see bottom of page) – a classic, very strong and decorative way of jointing solid timber that has been used for centuries.
Prices of the smallest tables start at around £200 each in seasoned and Kiln-dried solid European oak. They are finished with several coats of highly protective ‘Liberon Finishing Oil’ and can be limed or stained first if required.
Shown above is a symmetrical Dove-table (made from solid European oak) that is ideally suited for audio-visual use with adjustable shelves. Shown below is a symmetrical design (in solid American cherry) with a fixed shelf.
Craft galleries that currently stock/sell dove-tables inc. –
Opus Gallery, St John Street, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 Tel: 01335 348989 www.opusgalleryashbourne.com (Currently in stock: 1 Classic Dove-table in solid oak).
See the sales of furniture page for further details of current pieces on for sale.
The picture above shows a set of Dove-table shelves in solid 35mm thick European oak based on the original table design. This has two adjustable shelves.
The photo below shows a tall square Dove-tabe in solid quarter sawn European oak with mitred dovetail joints.
If you would like more information about the bespoke furniture design and making service I can offer or the ‘dove-table’ range, you can get in touch with me through the contact page of this website.
Shown above is a Dove-table writing desk in solid European oak, one of four made for consultation rooms for a private health centre near Derby. Shown below is a Dove-table console unit also in solid European oak with three staggered drawers faced in natural brown oak.
We are supplied with renewable electricity from Good-Energy Ltd, which means that all the machinery and power tools used in the construction of each piece are powered by 100% renewable energy sources. For more info visit www.good-energy.co.uk
Dove-tables in the process of construction in my workshop – in the top most picture, the ‘pins’ are being sawn in 35mm oak using an antique tenon saw – in the bottom picture a ‘compass’ plane (shown on the bench above) has been used to produce the curved diagonal chamfer to the top edge of the ‘classic’ asymmetrical design table.
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