Somehow it seems that I have done very little so far this year. But I have been busy – pool deck, sculptures, treen, etc have all been done and are out of the shed. There have been disruptions – a trip to Melbourne that had unforeseen consequences followed up by a round or two with the medical profession, who then banned me from shed work for a few weeks – enforced rest! But I haven’t made any furniture – until now!
This table and bench seats have just left my workshop. The table top and bench seats are made from recycled hardwood flooring – I believe the timber is locally known as red mahogany – not that it has any striking resemblance to real mahogany. The timber is hard, heavy and rather beautiful – and it works well with machine tools and hand tools too. These particular floorboards may have been on an open veranda, as they were well weathered, especially at one end, and there was a good amount of iron stain around nail holes. The timbers also had remains of carpet tacks and underlay staples.
Machining the timber went well – only a few odd legs of staples missed, but it did cost me a set of planer blades.
The table top and seats were made as part of a swap deal for several massive slabs of Jacaranda.
The old bottoms of the title do not belong to the owners (Pete and the Divanix). The table and seats were installed on existing trestle bases – an upgrade from the old weather damaged chipboard table and seats. All in all, I am quite happy with the result – as usual, I can see things I should have done better…. Maybe next time. Maybe Pete and Di will ask me to make new bases someday?