My first blog. Bound to be a little incoherent.
Modern rustic I hear you repeat in your mind ? Yes, the style does exist. It might not be called that, in fact it might not even have a name, but I have seen many examples of it in various style blogs.
This is the biggest and I think the best thing I have made ever.
The need –
We have a very old farm trunk (picture to come) that is full of all sorts of bits and pieces. It is too small and we (my wife) no longer want that style.
Our family bought an old farm house that has been undergoing renovations for the last couple of years. It’s made from solid oak and is dovetailed together at the corners (something for another blog).
There’s a bunch of old oak, and bits of new oak for me to use as I see fit.
So I decide i want to make at least the doors and drawer fronts out of oak, and try and use as much recycled material as possible. It should look modern but with a rustic quality. I decided on 2 drawers in the middle and doors on either side. Fairly classic layout for this type of thing. (sideboard ?)
The design influence-
I liked the way some of the barn timbers are overlayed to cover gaps between them. It has a nice textured effect. More interesting than a flat face. Mostly this is done vertically above the main wall area where the peak of the roof is (sure there is a technical name for that part of a barn). I decide to make my doors and drawer fronts look kind of like that.
I did a few sketchup drawings of various ideas, but i had trouble imagining what it would actually look like.
I found one that looks fantastic, and fits in with my idea of how it should look.
I decided to scour the internet for images of sideboards to see if i could find inspiration.
That’s a US$4000 sideboard !! I’m going to make it for $150-$200.
I’m not making an exact copy. For a start instead of solid wood, i had to buy block board panels for the main carcass and that will be painted in the end. I wanted to use some of the reclaimed panels I had already, but i didn’t have enough of the same thickness. As it turns out, now i do, just 2 months too late. Mine will look similar, but with different dimensions and leg shape and presumably construction methods.
I’ve got a bunch of pics of the build so far, but for now I’m going to post one of where it’s at right now, and then go back to the build process in following blog entries.
Thanks for reading.