|Project by J. Curtis Goforth||posted 04-18-2014 06:28 PM||1060 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
I’ve had a lot of white oak sitting around in my shop that was salvaged from an old barn. I was unsure of the species of wood because it was coated in about 150 years of crud and the boards just looked black until I was able to plane them down, but when I did I discovered that it was white oak! I also had a thick walnut board that had just enough material in it to get the four tapered legs with almost nothing to spare.
I resawed one of the boards on my bandsaw to get the aprons. The design is my own—I was going for an arts and crafts style console table with a little bit of Asian influence. I would have liked for the legs to be thicker (so I could have done a double taper on the outside edges) and the top to be thinner (so that it looked a little less like it was made from a barn), but I didn’t have the cash to buy any wood for the project so I just made do with what I had. I would have planed the top thinner, but I was afraid that it would remove most of the distressing in the boards and I didn’t want that. I filled the nail holes and voids with epoxy (first time doing that).
The white oak had been a workbench in the barn and it had been assembled with square nails that left some interesting figure in the wood. I suppose one could call it spalted reclaimed white oak, but at some point I’d end up with way too many adjectives. The finish is nothing but natural Danish Oil. Comments are welcome.