|Project by RobS||posted 11-06-2007 06:36 AM||1823 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
When I found these 3 pieces of wood (click the link for before pictures of the salvaged boards) on the gulf coast of Texas late this summer, I knew they had potential. Even as I hosed the sand from them later that day, I started to speculate on their future. “Perhaps a table”, I thought to myself, noticing that the thick board could easily be milled into 2 inch square legs. The shiplap board could simply become the top, if cross cut into three 24 inch sections which, at over 7 inches wide, would create an almost square surface. The third and final piece, a 1×4, could possibly provide for the rails.
I allowed the pieces to dry and acclimate, lying flat on my garage/shop floor for a couple months and to my surprise, it resulted in minimal warping. Upon milling the largest piece I did notice some worm holes or something of the sort but that did not seem to affect the integrity of the wood’s strength while at the same time adding new character to the piece. By the time I added a couple stretchers and some corner bracing, I had used all of the three pieces of found wood except for a short section of 2×2 left over from the largest piece.
I tend to stick with strictly oil finishes, like tung or teak, but after some thought, and after not being certain about the table’s final resting place (maybe indoor/possibly out) I decided to try a different finish. I applied 3 coats of a 50/50 mix of BLO and spar urethane, sanded with 220 after the first two and steel wool after the last. Then to add some extra protection, went with one more coat of straight spar urethane and used steel wool on that coat to remove some of the sheen.
I built it at standard table height, 29 -1/2 inches, and with a 22” x 24” surface it could host a cozy meal for two or support the battle field for a challenge of chess, checkers, or the like. I am happy with the results and think its even cooler that the boards were saved from the Texas sands of Sargent.
Thanks for looking.
-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX