|Project by Casey Jones||posted 02-16-2014 11:00 PM||1548 views||3 times favorited||2 comments|
I made this table in the Fall of 2013. It was built with very specific dimensions in mind, as it needed to cover a tall HVAC return (yet provide plenty of ventilation through to the return), fill most of a wall lengthwise, and be thin enough to allow for passthrough of the space to an adjoining door. The table as a result is 36” tall, 72” long, and 12” deep. It was built from a single heart pine beam that was band sawn into multiple boards. I was told that the beam was from an old cotton factory in Georgia.
The wood had some interesting bug damage. While it provides for some interesting character, it also was difficult to work around in a couple areas, and I ended up having to go back to the lumberyard to find some matching boards after a couple of the boards I had originally chosen were deemed unusable or too unstable. A couple portions of the back needed to be fared into one another with a rasp because the surface wood was too deteriorated to use. I originally was going to re-make those sections, but when put together, I thought they looked fine and kept them.
I debated on whether to join a couple boards for the top, but in the end I found a really good looking single board. It had a few splits in it, so I used some hand-cut butterfly keys to keep things intact (mortise cut with knife and chisel, guts then routed out with small straight bit).
The piece is finished with Briwax Light Brown wax, which I think really highlighted the color and age of the wood.