|Project by BobMai||posted 01-23-2011 09:53 PM||3363 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
These are pictures of my first ever project. We removed a large honeylocust tree on part of the property where I work to construct a new building. The wood was solid and I suggested to my employer that it might be a novelty to have it milled and use it in the interior of the new building that is used for recreational purposes. They agreed. I found a local sawyer who rough cut most of it into 1” by 7” boards with varying lengths, and four mantel pieces that were 2.75 inches thick by 18 inches wide and 10 to 14 feet long. After kiln drying, the rough cut lumber was brought to a local mill where it was made into baseboard, window, and door trim. The mantel pieces were used on a fireplace inside the new building. My employer loves the way it looks and the fact that it came from the site.
The mill called me to ask if I wanted the scrap lumber leftover from the production of the trim, and I thought it would be good firewood. When I picked it up most of it was .75 inches thick by 2-3 inch width pieces in random lengths from 6 to 10 feet long. The wood looked great so instead of cutting it up for firewood I decided to rip it to uniform widths and, in combination with scrap lumber leftover from the mantel pieces, design and build a table.
I learned a lot along the way (thanks to lots of research on the internet), wanting to design a table to accommodate my current dining room chairs. The finished product is 85 inches long, 40 inches wide and 30 inches high. The interior portion of the table top is 1.5 inches thick and the edges are 2.5 inches thick. The butcher block table is held together with bisquit joints and the thicker, wider, mantel pieces were used to frame the butcher block portion of the table, and are bolted into the butcher block with wood plugs to hide the bolts. I also used the mantel scrap to build the legs. Each leg has five pieces of 1.5” x 1.5” lumber, one in the center with foru pieces surrounding it, making the legs 4.5 inches thick. I liked the idea of two toned color, so all the mantel scrap pieces (legs, table edges, and center) were stained with a light cherry and the butcher block interior pieces were left their natural color.
I found out that honeylocust is VERY hard wood, but has a beautiful color to it. Looking forward to doing more in the future.