Geometric furniture from salvaged wood / by Samuel Allison

This is the first furniture I built, after-hours in the woodshop where I worked in Vermont. The idea was to use only scrap & off-cuts from local species – walnut, maple, cherry, poplar & white pine – to build functional objects that showcase geometric patterns. First came the “bookshelf,” which is based on the Sierpinski fractal of nested equilateral triangles. Then I built the honeycomb table with 29 cells in a hexagonal lattice. The most ambitious (foolhardy) project was the pentagonal tables. In this design, a Penrose tessellation of two rhombuses with different angles forms both stars & cubes, depending on how you look at it. The angles were quite tricky to get exactly right on the compound miter saw, and the glue-ups took many days longer than anticipated. But they came together in the end. These projects taught me volumes about how much planning & precision it takes to pull off woodworking projects. And to always aim for simplicity when the design gets complex.