As we close in on the project's third week, it looks like it's going to be a success (Yeah!)! I thought I'd share the sequence of events that will follow.
Once the campaign closes, I'll order the poplar, and commission the mechanisms. When the wood arrives, usually within a week or so, work on the carcase prototype begins. With luck, the mechanisms will be ready as the carcass nears completion, so they can be test fit. Procuring oak for the "real" table carcase will probably occur then too - around mid-May. The prototype, as stated in the Rewards, isn't embellished with marquetry, or ormolu. Its purpose is to help refine the table's operation in preparation for "the real thing".
By June, the prototype should be complete, and work on the oak carcase can commence. Creating the parquetry and marquetry adorning the exterior surfaces happens next, from October to January 2014. Simultaneously, the commission for the ormolu mounts occurs. The remaining six months are filled with project completion details: chasing and gilding of the ormolu, assembly, finishing, and photography.
Here is a video that explains the table's construction in detail.
This schedule has several benefits:
- difficult tasks are handled first: installation and adjustment of the mechanicals,
- embellishments take place in layers from lowest to top-most, and
- components are ready "just in time", reducing the likelihood of being damaged in storage.
You can follow along through Kickstarter updates, backers receive e-mail notices alerting them to new postings, and on the Oeben weblog where I'll post pictures and video periodically.
Thank you for making this possible!