Taboret Tables




The term "taboret", also spelled "tabouret", can mean several different types of small stand or stool.  In Spanish, "taburete" is a stool , as is the French "tabouret".  In certain fields it can also mean a small cabinet.

In the 1903 catalog from Arts & Crafts furniture maker Charles Limbert, "tabouret" referred to a small octagonal table.   The Stickley catalogs of the same era had both round and octagonal tables called "tabourets", but by 1915 had specialized their marketing of these tables into specific categories, such as Telephone Stands and Plant Stands.

I made my first taboret for my wife's hair salon, and she put an orchid on the top and a small vine plant on the center shelf.  The little table got raves from her customers, who started asking for them, so I've added it to the lineup.
 
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These tables are hard to photograph.  The legs don't have any edge that is perpendicular to the floor, and the flair-out at the top of the legs is curved in a way that if one side is partially concealed by the circular top, the top appears to be off center, or else the whole piece appears to be leaning to one side (e.g. in the 2nd picture below.)  This mild optical illusion is part of what makes this particular taboret design so interesting.  

Taborets can be made with uniform wood or with contrasting wood.  Left to right below:  1. Sapele top and center, maple legs;  2. walnut top and center, red oak legs; 3. all sapele; 4. all red oak except for the walnut center shelf.







Table height is 26-3/4 inches unless I happen to have some nice 1 inch thick stock to make the top with, as in the 1st and 3rd pictures above.  Then it's 27".  Width is generally 16-1/4 inches.  The red oak table on the right above is a 17-inch top, and is almost at the point where the top is starting to look disproportional.  

Pricing: $450.  For Teak or Honduran mahogany add $50.



Tabouret Table
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Daniel Lee Woodworks
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Contact: dan@dkilolima.com