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Farm Table of Gum Tree, wired together with Cobb and Co wire hitches

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Project by anthm27 posted 11-13-2018 01:54 AM 1537 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My own design using Brush Box and Gum Tree branches I’ve been working on this for a while and on my recent trip to the farm managed to finish it off.

I wanted a farm table for the shed for people to sit around, it had to be durable to last, I wanted to make it look rustic and authentic. I figured rough sawn Australian Hardwood was definitely the go, I figured I,d use wire as much as I could to fix it all together and give it some appeal.

The main significance of the table soon became the extensive use of the Cobb and Co wire hitch (also called Cockys Hitch or Booligal Hitch)

I used steal angle to wire hitch the table top planks on. The legs of A frame construction bolted together and welded to the table top. I then wired the Gum tree Branch leg supports together. (Gum tree Leg supports literally picked up from the paddock pre use.)

All timber was rustically finished with 80 grit disk sander and coated with decking oil. Definitely one of my favorite design and builds.

Thanks for reading

PS:
These cobb and co hitches where used extensively on Australian farms in the early days mainly to build stock proof fences and timber stock yards.
To read more about Cobb and Co wire hitches see here
https://rockfarming.com/2016/04/07/how-to-tie-a-cobb-and-co-hitch/





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anthm27

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#1 posted 11-13-2018 02:02 AM

Some more pics of the build

My Ever loyal workshop buddy, Lovie Cheryl

Some close ups of the Cobb and Co Hitching

Welding the legs to the table top

Thanks for viewing

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swirt

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#2 posted 11-13-2018 02:23 AM

Nice design for a great looking rustic table.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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anthm27

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#3 posted 11-13-2018 02:27 AM



Nice design for a great looking rustic table.

- swirt

Thank you Swirt, always nice to get your comments.
Cheers
Anthony

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#4 posted 11-13-2018 03:10 AM

Gheeeez – thinking outside the box, I would never have thought of angle iron and wire to anchor a table top. Really a neat idea

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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anthm27

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#5 posted 11-13-2018 03:25 AM


Gheeeez – thinking outside the box, I would never have thought of angle iron and wire to anchor a table top. Really a neat idea

- recycle1943

Thanks Dick, I didn’t want to see bolt heads on the table top. Also the wire was more kind of authentic and rustic. As you may be able to see with a chisel I,ve checked out where the wires go on the table top. Basically the wire is below the table top surface. I will definitely be using this type of construction again. And,,,, cheaper than all those bolts AND,,, I didn’t have to drive into town, I had the wire and pliers on hand. It was win win
Cheers
Anthony

Edit:
using the angle iron worked well as I could then weld the table top to the A frame legs which I bolted angle to. It came together nice and strong. It takes two to lift it though.

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#6 posted 11-13-2018 03:33 AM

wow Anthony this table is one very great design looks vey rustic GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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anthm27

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#7 posted 11-13-2018 03:36 AM



wow Anthony this table is one very great design looks vey rustic GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Cheers Hunter,
Definitely not as fine and intricate as most of your works, its all wood though.
Thanks for the comment.
Regards
Anthony

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#8 posted 11-13-2018 10:54 AM

We always called that wrapped wire a “wire hitch” great on fencing. I have to say I never thought of it on a table, but I do know it to be a strong, somewhat flexible joint, so wood movement will never mess with it.

Good thinking out of the box, it looks sound enough to offer years of service, and among woodworkers will always be a conversation piece.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 11-13-2018 01:21 PM

That is very cool. Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#10 posted 11-13-2018 02:34 PM

This design is fantastic.
The use of the wire is so creative, and seems to me to be very effective as well as providing great aesthetic details.

I am also impressed with being able to find those straight limbs to make the under carriage supports – very, very nice!

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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anthm27

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#11 posted 11-13-2018 10:00 PM



We always called that wrapped wire a “wire hitch” great on fencing. I have to say I never thought of it on a table, but I do know it to be a strong, somewhat flexible joint, so wood movement will never mess with it.

Good thinking out of the box, it looks sound enough to offer years of service, and among woodworkers will always be a conversation piece.

Thanks for posting.

- therealSteveN

Thank you for the comments, and interesting to know that these wire hitches are used in the US also.
Thanks again

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anthm27

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#12 posted 11-13-2018 10:00 PM



That is very cool. Great work

- Kaleb the Swede

Thanks Kaleb for the comment

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anthm27

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#13 posted 11-13-2018 10:05 PM



This design is fantastic.
The use of the wire is so creative, and seems to me to be very effective as well as providing great aesthetic details.

I am also impressed with being able to find those straight limbs to make the under carriage supports – very, very nice!

- jimintx

Thanks very much for the comments Jimi, and yes the 2 inch type limbs for the undercarriage where from fallen branches that I picked up from the paddock, I simply stripped the bark and sap wood off then gave them a sand using 80 grit 9inch disk sander. Managed to get them off the ground before the ants or rot got to them.
Thanks again
Regards
Anthony

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#14 posted 11-13-2018 10:56 PM

Anthm27 , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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anthm27

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#15 posted 11-13-2018 11:03 PM


Anthm27 , nice job and congratulations on your Daily Top 3 award.

- Grumpy

Cheers Grumpy,
I just sent you a PM
Regards
Anthony

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