A conference room table, a side table, and a farm table all made from reclaimed wood from a barn, a log cabin, and a granary. It’s amazing what this old wood has to say when put the right hands. A more complete set of pictures is posted in this photo album.
The first is a white oak farm table that has now found a new home in Wisconsin. The legs are from the first row of timbers from an old log cabin. They were hand-hewn on 2 sides and rounded, hewn-peeled on the other two sides. The end-grain of the legs comes through the table top, while the bolts to the supports are capped over with original log cabin pegs. The legs are accented with an old rusty iron silo bands. The triangular feet were designed to go along with the many other triangles on the bench and fireplace mantel. The tabletop itself was made from old floor joists from a granary. The joists had been planed and sanded just enough to make things smooth, but also give nice color. And the client says…. “Perfect! Heavy enough too – sheesh!” (yes, it probably was near 400 pounds.)
The second table is quite a departure from our typical tables — much more formal, much more refined. That comes with good reason. This Rock Elm table was created by a highly skilled woodworker — Randy Griffin from Greenfield, Indiana which is just outside Indianapolis. Going on it’s 3rd life, it’s hard to imagine that this wood started out it’s second as a gray old log cabin. Randy says, “The end grain is really stunning, and I designed that in where I could… I would like to use the rock elm again… it is beautiful.” The clean light colored straight grains on the surface accented with a more plain sawn stretcher. Things worked out beautifully with this one.
Finally, we come to one of my favorite tables. This four-by-nine foot conference room table with a farm style flair has a wonderful old white oak plank top accented with a original bolts and unique, exposed end-grain pedestals. Each pedestal was created by combining four 7×7 beams together into a single post. This created a much more massive scale and let us create this great end-grain panel on the tabletop. The individual beams were heavily sanded so that they would blend nicely with one another, yet retain some circle saw marks and some original flowing shape from the tree. The posts demonstrate the great variance colors that come naturally on the old white oak. And here’s what the client says, “I love the table! It is exactly what I envisioned and what I wanted.It was a challenge getting it off the delivery truck but we did it…. Thanks for creating such a beautiful piece.” More information on this table is available in the farm tables section of the site.