|Project by Karson||posted 01-30-2010 08:14 AM||4503 views||1 time favorited||38 comments|
When I decided to build this table I had one purpose in mind, to break the misconception of making a table from Popular wood. Not that Popular would be a unique wood, but more that this particular piece of popular was breaking the mold on the conception of what this species of wood looked like.
I was in a sawmill in New Jersey and the owner took me over to a pile of wood and said look at this. He took his chain saw and cut off a 2 ft piece and told me to take it home and plane it down. When I did that, I saw the most unique wood that I’ve ever seen. There were all kinds of colors within that plank.
I went back and bought the entire log, about 350 bd ft. Half of the planks were 16 ft long and 24” wide. It took me two trips to get it all back home. I stored it in the attic of the barn to let it dry.
Over the next couple of years this wood dried without any splits. When I measured it, it had shrunk to 22.5 inches. It lost 1.5 inches.
The stump portion of the wood was almost totally black. This is caused by something, Minerals, lighting, nobody seems to know.
But the wood went from the black to stark white right beside it.
But to make my Yin Yang transformation complete I used Holly pegs for the Greene and Greene designed table.
The pegs were pillowed using a hand air sander.
The wood was milled for the mortise and tenons using a horizontal router.
After I had it assembled I brought it into the house to show my family.
It wasn’t there but about 5 minutes and already it was put to use.
The finish is sprayed Shellac. It dries in any weather.
But when I originally visualized these tables I also wanted a truly Yin Yang effect so I built a companion piece out of Holly wood. The pegs for the Greene and Green pegs are made out of Pink Ivory. That table was made to have an Albino effect.
Even the wood shavings pile has the Yin Yang effect.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware firstname.lastname@example.org †