|Project by JayT||posted 12-20-2014 06:30 PM||2358 views||11 times favorited||19 comments|
Had a pair of old sewing machine legs and a set of drawers from a different sewing cabinet that had been sitting around for a couple years with no idea what to do with them. Then ran across an end table in an antique store and thought I could do something similar. At the same time, my wife was talking about rearranging the furniture on our front porch, but needed a narrower table than what we have currently to be able to do that. Easy mesh of needs and materials—six months ago. :-)
The top and drawers were quickly done, but I finally found time to get the cross brace at the bottom done, so the project is complete. Nothing real difficult about the project. The sewing machine legs were wire-brushed to remove rust, hit with rust reforming primer and then Rustoleum hammered black spray paint. The top was resawn and glued up from some reclaimed red oak trucking skids. This is probably the part of the project I am most happy with. It took a bit of time matching grain to try and get a seamless look, but overall, I think it was successful, as it’s very tough to tell that there are six individual pieces glued together. It also pulls some great quarter-sawn flecking.
The cross brace is made out of white oak from another of the trucking skids. The pattern was drawn and done by hand with a coping saw and rasps to try and emulate the shapes of the legs.
Toughest part was working the finishes to get the new to blend with the old sewing drawers. Ended up with a coat of dark walnut Watco Danish oil, followed by multiple coats of amber shellac. Once the colors started to even out, satin spar poly was put on to provide a durable outdoor finish.
Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy.
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