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Project by riverguy posted 12-29-2015 06:01 PM 1201 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 12-29-2015 06:14 PM

Looks good! Great design!

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 06:23 PM

Nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#3 posted 12-29-2015 09:08 PM

So is this wood a type of Hickory?????

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 09:53 PM

Very cool looking. Nice job.

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#5 posted 12-29-2015 10:42 PM

Awesome work, A real beauty!!!!!!1

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-29-2015 11:11 PM

Beautiful set and what a great find. Any idea where the planks came from originally and how they got to northern California? It would be great to keep the story with the table. Thanks for posting and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 12-30-2015 12:34 AM

Great looking table and stool set! I definitely like the saw marks, and industrial look of it!

-- Dean

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#8 posted 12-30-2015 12:47 AM

Very Cool. Nutmeg!? I’m into it.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#9 posted 12-30-2015 04:17 AM



So is this wood a type of Hickory?????

- kimosawboy


They seem to be closely related. California nutmeg is “Torreya californica” I looked it up on wikipedia and there’s some good info there. I asked my friend who gave me the wood if he knows exactly where it came from and will post his reply when I hear from him. I understood that it was local to his location north of Willits, CA.

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.retro-industrial-chic.com

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#10 posted 12-30-2015 04:21 AM



Beautiful set and what a great find. Any idea where the planks came from originally and how they got to northern California? It would be great to keep the story with the table. Thanks for posting and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

- leafherder


Yeah! good idea to include the provenance of the wood in the description of the items on my Web site! See my reply to kimosawboy about the wood itself. Google “wiki torreya californica” for the official word on California Nutmeg. And thank you for your kind words!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.retro-industrial-chic.com

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#11 posted 12-30-2015 06:07 AM

Cool table..great look with the steel end caps…

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#12 posted 12-30-2015 12:28 PM

Great find, design and finished work. Congratulations.

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#13 posted 12-30-2015 04:01 PM

Beautiful! Very much my style. Where did you source the metal stool bases? Thanks!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#14 posted 12-30-2015 07:18 PM

nice table

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#15 posted 01-02-2016 06:18 PM

Amazing wood. Really like the look and proportions.

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