|Project by Phil Brown||posted 05-24-2007 09:08 PM||1699 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
This was a commission from a local antiques boutique in a nearby tourist town. He usually took his truck and fifth wheel trailer down into New York and Pennsylvania to buy antiques and reproductions from select wholesalers. It took me a long time to gain the man’s confidence but he finally gave me an order. A tall one too.
He flipped open a large coffe table book with Canadian heritage furniture, pointed to this table and said “I want that – how much?”
The table has six drawers and I spun the legs on a homemade lathe. The top is 4 booards of local pine air dried for four years. I planed the 2 inch stock down to 1 1/4 inch and made breadboard ends and a skirt to peg it on to the base. I turned the pegs in my drill press.
He actually wanted only 3 boards for the top but I couldn’t get them in the thickness he wanted. There were a number of wormholes in the boards which I filled with an exterior wood filler and drew knots around them. About 20 % of the knots on the top are created. He wanted to custom make his own stain for the top.
The base was rubbed through with lacquer thinner instead of sanding, to reveal the barn red through the black acrylic, since he didn’t want any wood showing. I thought that the table was destined for his store but it ended up replacing the antique tavern table from his dining room.
He also purchased the 150 year old blaket box in the background, a piece I had stripped years of fabric off to reveal 18” pine boards which I restored.
-- Phil Brown, Ontario