Thursday, March 24, 2011

A new table

It's been a terribly busy few weeks, working on commissions.  I've just completed this reclaimed barnwood table, what I call a rustic Stickley-inspired tabourette.  I've never done rustic furniture but I think is a neat look.

Worm holes, stains and rough texture. A big departure for me!

The beautiful elm top

Roughsawn poplar stretchers, as found from the barn, except with linseed oil

Rough texture left by my hewing hatchet

The wood was provided by 2nd Chance Hardwoods in Corunna, MI, which is also where this table will be for sale.  It has an elm top, white oak legs and roughsawn poplar for the stretchers.  The legs were split with my froe and then hewed to approximately 1 1/2" square.  I left the hewing marks rather than smooth the pieces.  I hand-mortised the legs to receive the tenon stretchers, then drawbored them with walnut pegs.   Finish is linseed oil thinned with turpentine and 3 coats of amber paste wax.

I think it turned out quite nicely.  Let me know what you think!

Best,

Zach

2 comments:

  1. Hi Zach,
    I really like the design. The drawbored walnut pegs add a nice accent to the legs and the rough texture brings out the grain.
    I've never tried rustic before, well not intentionally anyway, and the contrast between the rugged supporting legs and smoothly finished top is very pleasing.

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  2. Thanks Dave. I'm usually more of a period / Crafstman style fan but it came out nicely.

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