|Project by MalcolmLaurel||posted 04-09-2016 01:25 AM||749 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
The local reclaimed lumber place has a couple of barrels outside, where they sell scraps they deem not good for anything but firewood. They ask $10 for as much as you can fit in a wheelbarrow, all proceeds to the local soup kitchen. Those scraps may not be enough to remodel a house, but they’re perfect for my kind of work. The top of this table was actually two of those scraps. I presume it split when the building was being demolished, and the split end cut off and thrown in the scrap bin. I glued it back together, planed it almost flat with a hand plane (it was quite warped and I don’t own a planer), and now I can’t even see the split. The big knot and two small gouges on that end I filled with clear casting epoxy, but the other nail and worm holes I left as is. I think it’s black ash, though others have suggested it might be mulberry. One side was split along the grain line and I liked the look, so I did the same on the other side using a froe and drawknife.
The base is a piece of mountain laurel that’s been getting in the way around my shop for a year or so. Tying the laurel base into the table top are two pieces of what I think is maple, also from the scrap barrel.
After it was all permanently glued together and almost ready for finishing, I was sanding the top and the smallest leg cracked and came loose, and the table fell over. The hollow spot you can see in the pictures extended farther than I thought, and a crack opened up on the underside I thought it was a goner, but with some Titebond and three long screws, invisible from the top, it’s holding together just fine.
Finish is multiple coats of shellac all over, followed by three coats of Deft semi-gloss brushing lacquer on the tabletop to protect it from spilled drinks. It’s a bit tippy if you put too much weight on the back corner opposite the knot, but it’s really intended for no more than a book and a drink.
I have one more piece of the tabletop wood, not quite as big or interesting grained but worth making another for a matched pair. Just gotta find a complementary base…
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