|Project by nathanjackman||posted 05-10-2012 02:34 PM||2797 views||9 times favorited||14 comments|
Fun project – I attend a school/open workshop that has been in Boston since the 1600s, The Eliot School. They have a ton of these old workbenches from the 1800s (with vises intact) that are now used as art tables.
A couple had broken apart and I was offered one as a recycling project. I determined to use only hand tools to finish this, including resquaring the wood. Use the Current Legs and stretchers after recutting and rejoining everything to new dimensions – little tricky as the wood was dry and chippy.
Top was amazing – I think it’s 100 year old Maple (just guessing), it was completely white after I had taken off a layer of wood. Thought I would leave the cracks and beating – all the love and time this bench has seen. Put in a butterfly to make sure the crack didn’t spread.
The wood sucked up Maloof oil like you wouldn’t believe – top went from white to the amazing color in the photos in one coat.
My favorite and simplest project to date…love thinking how many people this wood has seen come and go. How many people left their mark on this top.
Legs are morticed into the benchtop.