Originally, Mitchel Berman Cabinetmakers Inc.’s design called for the base was to be made from glass. However, no glass foundry was able to cast the thick pedestals for the base without bubbles or other imperfections. Architectural Plastics was chosen to solve this problem. Decades of custom acrylic fabrication knowledge were put to the test on this project.
Acrylic did not have the same manufacturing issues as glass so it was chosen as a superior material for the table base. The pedestals were milled down from two solid acrylic blocks weighing over 200 pounds each. After being cut to a rough cylindrical shape, the pieces were precisely machined to the pillar form. Hours of sanding and careful buffing were needed to bring the dull pillar into its crystal clear finished look.
The platforms of the base were made from 2″ thick acrylic. Four feet were carefully glued in place to create the “scroll” aspect of the foot design. CNC machines can create parts with tight tolerances but no machine can glue these parts together. It requires the skill of artisan fabricators to achieve the quality of glue joints necessary for this phase of the project. The end result was a flawless table base that appears to be carved from one continuous piece of acrylic.