|Project by riverguy||posted 12-29-2015 06:01 PM||1165 views||5 times favorited||17 comments|
This table set is crafted of ancient 2” thick planks of nutmeg! This wood has an uncommonly rich color and still shows the ancient sawmill marks. I found a small pickup load in a friend’s barn in Northern California where it had been stored for over 50 years! For the look I wanted on the surfaces, I used a body grinder with a 50-grit disc to just lightly remove the high spots enough to reveal the true color of the wood, but to leave in the sawmarks the patina that the planks had acquired in all those years of storage. After the initial grinding, I lightly used a random-orbit sander with 180 and then 220, followed with four coats of marine spar varnish. I sanded the third coat with 220 to removed any dust nibs, and the resulting finish feels sensuously smooth to the touch even while retaining that “rough” look.
The individual planks were edge-machined to be straight and square, then 1/2” x 1” deep grooves were cut with a dado. Then the planks were fitted with splines and glued and clamped into one solid surface. The welded angle-iron end-caps finish the “retro-industrial” look I’m after in this run of one-of-a-kind furniture. I built the leg structures out of square steel tubing.
The stools are mounted on ‘50’s era, cast-iron, swivelling soda-fountain stool pedestals. The tops are again made from two pieces each of the same planks, splined together.
I wanted the diagonal cuts of the table-planks to add to the whimsical nature of this one-of-a-kind set. The whole set is about 4” higher than standard table height.
-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.retro-industrial-chic.com