|Project by RobJones||posted 06-27-2010 12:46 AM||5449 views||10 times favorited||12 comments|
This project was just finished and I wanted to show everybody some pictures of it. This was my first commissioned piece of furniture and thus, a pretty big hurdle for me.
My sisters friends were recently married and wanted to have a kitchen table built for the space they had in their new home. Knowing that I have been working on my own projects they asked me if I could design and build them a table. I was more than happy for the opportunity and started the design process. They already had the material for me to use, old heart pine that had been salvaged from a share croppers home in south Georgia. I went to talk a look at what I had to work with and to take some measurements. I had long 6/4 and 8/4 boards to use as well as short beams that I used for the legs. I ultimately cut it close on how much I chose because I ended up using or tossing out everything. The wood had a lot of bug damage that was hidden and that culled a lot of the material.
Anyway, they wanted a modern farm house table. I focused on solid joints, clean lines, and funcionality. In the end we chose a 72×36x30 table that had legs that would show at the corners and would taper from 6×4 to 4×4 inches at the bottom. The table top sits on a skirt and shoulder at each leg. this table has no obstructions for the users so you can get 2 people on a side with one person at each end.
Of the wood that I used, either each piece had bug damage or was weeping sap like crazy. The legs had so much pitch I was worried I would never be able to get them to dry out. Since this was a kitchen table that would be used a lot I had to fill in all the bug tracks as best I could. I ended up using 24 ounces of wood filler on the bottom, sides, and top of the table. Let me tell you, that was fun. I ended up using General Finished Arm-R-Seal satin for the finish. I have used this product before and I really like working with it.
Sorry for the bad photos. I have to get some better ones soon.
Hope you all enjoy