Rain Bird Design Side Table with Mappa Veneer | McNitt Bros. Wood Works

Rain Bird Design Side Table with Mappa Veneer


The legs in this piece are made of tapered cherry, 1.5 inches square at the top. The table top is made of highly figured curly cherry bordering an inlay of mappa veneer. The mitered corners are strengthened with splines of black wenge. The aprons are a three layered laminate. The outer layer is a thin (three-sixteenths inch) sheet of quarter sawn cherry into which the designs are cut. This sheet is placed onto a background of birdseye maple to emphasize the color contrasts between the two woods. The inner, unseen layer is a three-quarters inch thick alder to provide strength to the whole. 

This technique owes a debt of inspiration to master woodworker Timothy Coleman of Massachusetts. 

The long aprons show classic Rain Bird images flanking a central curved edge rectangle that may be taken as a symbol of the sky stretching overhead, or of the universe as a whole. The rear short apron and drawer front show the classic Rain Bird flanked by two additional and more abstract Rain Bird images. The drawer front has an underside notch, not a pull, for drawing it out. The drawer sides are joined with dovetails. 

 The entire piece is finished with a single coat of blonde shellac used as a sealer and to help emphasize wood grain, completed with six coats of sprayed on semi-gloss water based lacquer. Dimensions: Table top 25 by 19 inches; height 27 and three-quarters inches; drawer 18 and a half by 11 and a half inches by two and a half inches deep. Delivery: free in greater Tucson or applicable shipping charges.