A truly stunning birdseye maple dining table complete with eight matching chairs, in the fabulous Art Deco style of the 1920s. The grain of the wood is truly breathtaking and the finish is of the highest quality. This highly versatile piece could be used as a writing table as well. Table: Height 80 cm Width 200 cm Depth 99 cm Chairs: Height 112 cm Width 46 cm Depth 48 cm Birdseye Maple occurs primarily in Sugar Maple and is a very hard wood with divergent grain structure caused by the presence of the Birdseyes. In the days when all furniture was made essentially by hand, Birdseye Maple was used by only the most capable cabinetmakers. These artisans had developed the tools and skills to work and finish Birdseye Maple successfully. Antique furniture made out of Birdseye Maple is rare and beautiful. The divergent grain that makes Birdseye Maple beautiful also makes it difficult to work. Early woodworking machines ran at low rpms and had only 2 knives per cutterhead. This often produced Birdseye surfaces that were chipped and torn. It took many hours of hand planing and scraping to get these surfaces to a high sheen. This limited the use of Birdseye maple to projects whose value could justify the extra labor cost. Examples of this are fine furniture and musical instruments.
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