This fun project was made for a college English class (art majors had the option of doing art projects in lieu of term papers). The table was inspired by a story from James Thurber's book *My Life and Hard Times*, about "The Day the Dam Broke." The jist of the story is about a rumor that starts along the waterfront in Thurber's home town of Columbus, Ohio in the early 1900s. The result is a mass stampede as people run for high ground from a flood that never comes because the dam never broke in the first place.
The table is made from curly maple, dyed and glazed to give it the look of antique cherry. The top was laminated where extra thickness was required, and carved into a wind-blown ripple. The apron was kerf-bent (I wanted to laminate it, but hadn't the time), and reinforced with a poplar frame underneath the table top. The legs were articulated using open mortise and tenon joints, with Baltic birch plywood used for the loose tenons (for maximum strength in all directions). The dark dye and glazing effect hides the plywood fairly well, but I think next time I'll use solid wood.