|Project by ajbergren||posted 09-03-2011 04:38 PM||4273 views||20 times favorited||15 comments|
(Cross post disclaimer):
Dimensions are 36” wide by 77” long for the top and 29.5” high.
I was able to fine a few boards from the same tree for the top, and the others matched pretty well. The posts and stretcher was from a single 6/4 board, and the feet and cleats were from a single 8/4 board with similar colour and grain. I did have to use a symmetrical five board design for the top, as the four boards I had that would have been wide enough would have entailed unequal widths anyway ( couple were 8.5 ” and one was over 10”). Thus, I choose to use a pattern with five boards, and I used the golden ratio to achieve a pleasing pattern (8”, 5”, 10”, 5”, 8”). The breadboard ends were obtained from an off-cut of one of the 5” boards (both of the 5” boards were from the same tree).
Joinery is draw-bored, hand-cut mortise and tenon for the post-feet and post-cleat joints, and wedged through tenons for the post-stretcher joints. The top is attached with buttons, and two dowels are used to register the top and keep it from shifting (each cleat has a dowel that fits into the bottom of the top).
Finish is BLO and blonde shellac (many many many coats).
Thanks for looking and any comments welcome!!