|Project by vakman||posted 11-16-2012 07:24 PM||2026 views||4 times favorited||15 comments|
This bench was built using reclaimed lumber from a factory in Brookline, MA (which is basically in Boston). Built in the 1870’s the factory used to provide the pretzels for the Boston Red Sox stadium, prior to being bought out, at which point the building became a nail factory.
The lumber I was kindly given was 2×8’s, dressed to a generous 1-7/8” x 7-3/4”. These were floor joists, complete with tar lines between where the floorboards were lain upon it, along with many nail holes and other signs of the passage of time. Even had to remove some concrete from them, but it was worth it.
This board was cupped significantly so a good amount of planing was required. I turned my cheap old
coffin plane into a jack plane for heavy material removal, it works quite well.
Then on to my trusty #5 for a relatively flat surface. I don’t have a jointing plane, so with knots that size, this was as good as it gets.
Then, cutting tails, and paring off the waste.
And, all fit together for a glue-up!
Several coats of tung oil later, and after a relaxed waxing…a finished piece. On one side, I left on the original aged and worn edge, only cleaning and sanding it lightly before waxing. The other side is planed down to clean wood, other than the dado that was cut into it while it was still a part of the factory.
Dimensions are 18” x 39”, a comfortable size for two reasonably close adults, or three kids. I have another piece like this, and am thinking about making this a pair. Would probably be great at the dinner table.
I enjoy paring “ugly”, aged wood with robust joinery and simple but elegant geometry. The wood has so much character, that ornament/decoration would compete with it. Instead, I tried to keep it simple and let the lumber speak for itself.
Thanks for looking, comments welcome.
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