|Project by Schwieb||posted 10-21-2010 03:11 AM||1919 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
This table has a story that could not be told entirely here. I found it without a top in the attic of my parents home when we divided up some things after they had passed away. It was actually one of 2 ash tables that I took, planning to continue the intentions of my folks to fix up. (The other is the subject of a previous post) I have no idea who or where this table was originally made, except that my parents had it in NW Ohio and it could have been there any time since 1964 or so. Old enough for me to consider putting the time into fixing it up.
This table was especially interesting to me because it was obviously hand made, likely with the most basic of tools. The circular saw marks are clearly visible on the aprons and the mortise and tenon joints hand formed. The turned legs were each similar but slightly different. I figured out how the builder had intended to support the leaves of the table, although the pieces were missing. I knew that my Dad recognized this and couldn’t bear to let it further deteriorate. He just never got around to fixing it up. I had a good time thinking about him as I restored it and hope that he would be pleased by the outcome. I have had the privilege of seeing some of the work that Dad did for folks around our hometown in Ohio. He certainly could do some nice work.
The top is actually from some salvaged ash that I had built a big stereo cabinet out of back in the early 1970’s. It became an out dated piece of specialized furniture that I broke down some years ago, saved, and always hoped to reuse one day. “That day” came for the old top and shelves and I used it for the top on this table. There is some very nice “tiger stripe” pattern in some of the boards. I tried my best to make the best use of what I had to work with as far as the glue-up, but to be honest I had to settle some. This ash had some pretty wild grain patterns. Still it is very pretty I think.
I stained it pretty dark to match the shade and mimic the patina of the original wood after I cleaned it up. I mixed some minwax stains to get the shade I wanted, the finish is several coats of wipe on poly. I also found some nice casters that had wooden wheels on the internet that put it back pretty much as original or better condition.
What sort of price tag does one put on an item like this?
-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.