My Puszcza of a WoodTable
....and so I recede back into my past,
where the ancients of undefined,
have conceived me in imaginations of forest wood fields,
and so for now i bring forth the fruit of my hands….
Having finally cleaned up both legs this past week, I was able to start thinking on the table top. I originally had thought to go with white oak, but the piece of wood just would not give me the go-ahead. So after looking around and throughout my barn wood collections….slabs of oak, pine, maple, butternut and walnut and then the boards of hickory, birch, white oak, cherry, maple and etc., I finally heard this one wood-piece of curly maple calling my name.
Next came the prep-work on the curly maple….planning, jointing, and then the use of a drawknife on the edges to get a not so finished look. After spending some time….and time, hand cutting mortises into the underside of the top and tenons for the legs, I was happy with the fit. Now I will start finishing the work on two more tennons and mortises and then comes the hours of finish work….and yes, finishing is a specialty of mine and one that I love to do. But more on that to come….
”….work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/