With the installation of the stone bench tops, wood wall shelves, white splash back tiles, oven top and range hood the work is complete. The result is as Laura and Michael wanted, as depicted in the images offered as a guide right at the start – see part 1.
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After studying the previous images shown in Part 1, recycled Oregon was chosen for the fascia timbers: this wood being available, the right colour and most importantly, affordable enough to fit into Laura and Michael’s budget. A few samples were prepared and they were invited to the workshop to inspect them. The interiors would be built using E2 environmentally friendly, moisture resistant white board. The construction work using this would be carried out in the workshop and then moved to the house for installation and fitting of the timber doors, drawers and framing. See pictures of the partial completion of the kitchen.
Laura and Michael had been contacting kitchen companies, visiting showrooms and searching online, but were disappointed at the options offered. They wanted a space that family and friends could share and feel comfortable in: somewhere that would take life’s knocks gracefully. Below are the images they sent me. They represent what they were looking for.
From back of car to family home.
The table is now in situ and Therese and Mark are delighted with the result. It’s remarkable to think that the Australian cedar wood in this table – very likely cut from forest along the north coast of New South Wales more than 100 years ago – was recently stair material covered in coats of paint and carpet only metres from where it now continues to exist!
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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 table takes shape.
Considering the precious amount of timber available, we become concerned about completing the table top. Matt skilfully and with confidence juggles the pieces to make a whole. Strips of timber are put aside for the leg posts. Next…attention turns to 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…