The table construction is now complete and ready for a hand applied natural wax finish which the clients will maintain as a way to literally stay in touch with their very special table.
The table base.
Enough suitable pieces were left over for the leg posts, but not enough for a rail – which lengthways would form the most important part of the structure supporting the top. A suitable length of Oregon timber was found and with an application of stain would blend into the finished form of the base.
The timber is run through the thicknesser. This is where we find out what we’ve got. Introducing Matt who holds up our find. At least 100 year old Australian red cedar! This is exciting. Very difficult to source a timber that was exhaustively logged along the Australian Eastern seaboard several generations ago. Next…getting it in shape for a table
Now to remove all metals from the salvaged timber.
To detect embedded nail and tack heads, an electric wire brush removes layers of paint. Then the age old task of extracting begins using pliers and a hammer. This is important, as the next step will be to run the timber through machines which have finely ground knives which can be costly to repair. See part 4 for the reveal.
Follow the next series of posts to see a beautiful dining table be created from start to finish.
Therese and Mark are renovating a Victorian era house in Summer Hill, Sydney, Australia. The stairs behind the front entrance needed to be removed. The pieces were pulled out and taken to be kept in an open shed at the back of the house. To be continued…