|Project by RGtools||posted 03-31-2012 10:42 PM||2496 views||3 times favorited||25 comments|
I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to describing this piece. The class that it was built for has been an amazing experience for me and had given me the opportunity to meet some incredible people and learn a lot from them and from myself.
This table is a testament to the lengths I will go to for wood. I purchased the slab of beech for about $87 if my memory serves, which was every cent I had at the time. I had to have that smoke pattern, even though I had no idea what to do with it. My first thought was to use it for a coopered door cabinet…but the smoke pattern was disrupted. Without the class I am not sure I would have thought to use this. The base was made from a slab of Sapele that I drooled over every single time I loaded hay (it was in my dealers barn). He finally sold me the slab for $10..we both though it was oak at the time.
I could not begin to clock the hours it took me to do this…and it would not be a fair thing to do anyway. I was shocked at how much filming and taking pictures slowed me down. I built this table in half hour intervals since my schedule is so tight and my average time working on this was an hour a week. This winter turned out busier than I could have guessed.
I finished the top with several coats of BLO, and the base with Beeswax finish that my wife makes.
1. The Table
2. The Top…I could not improve this wood my goal was not to mess it up
3. My favorite “Shop Shot” during the build
4. My makers mark…one day I will learn to carve the one mads drew for me…but for now I kind of like this scribble. It fits me.
5. Texture detail
6. Where I get to type the final entry of the class.
It was of course made without the aid of any power tool.
-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan