|Project by Gary||posted 09-28-2009 12:08 AM||1711 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
Some time ago, I posted about a home near ours which was being taken down for reconstruction.
The owner allowed us to take the old wood and I filled the bed of my pickup three times and had timbers
sticking out the back nearly 7 feet beyond the tailgate.
Good thing I was only driving about 6 miles on a two-lane country backroad.
The wood is Old Growth Heart Pine which was milled locally and used to build Mr. Mixson’s granddad’s home
when he came home from the war—in about 1870. I guess that now makes it Antique heart pine! ;-)
I pulled a bunch of square nails out of a 2” X 6” and some 1”x’s, scraped off the little bit of paint, and milled a
wee bit of the huge load we reclaimed.
The parts having been sitting in my shop for a while taking up space and waiting for me to get back to ‘em.
So, this weekend, while I’m waiting for the finish to dry on the Coffee Table I just completed, I figured it’d be
a good idea to finish the table.
The table is constructed with mortise and tenon joinery for the aprons and legs and the stretchers.
The top is roughly 18” X 20”. It had a check that I was a bit concerned about, so I handcut a butterfly, traced it, and chiseled a match for it to drop into. The bottom of the tabletop has a 15 degree bevel with
a small bevel on the top side.
The shelf is 5 slats with stub tenons floating in a long narrow mortise.
The finish is Waterlox Original, a wiping varnish. The finish really popped the patina and when it cures,
I’ll wax the table and buff it out.
Thanks for looking.
-- Gary, Florida