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Flush and Nesting Redwood Tables



I've decided to present these pieces a little differently.  Two clients asked me for tables made of salvaged watertower redwood, and both clients were curious about the process of how the wood goes from salvaged planks to finished tables.  And since I documented the process a little more thoroughly for and because the clients mentioned how much they enjoyed seeing the tables come together, I thought I would share them with you in the same manner.  

My girlfriend accompanied me to pick up the redwood and was surprised by it's rough state.  Having seen the picklebarrel table, also made of redwood, she was surpirsed that this wood could be transformed in such a way.  I realized that this is one of the pleasures of working with salvaged wood.  It looks so rough, but you know what lies beneath.  Moreover, roughness, which makes it at first seem unattractive, is actually the very thing that I think makes it so pretty.  It's wonderful to run these rough boards through the planer and take off just a bit of that once rough patina so that you are left with beautiful streaks of black and other patterns contrasting with the still vibrant wood below.  



Flush Table

For the Flush Table, I picked out the wood that seemed to go together nicely, but you don't really know what the wood will look like until you take the patina off.  



 After the order of the wood was selected I glued and clamped the pieces together.  


I set this aside and began work on the base.  I, unfortunately, did not take very good pictures of the legs being constructed and then mortised and tenoned for the width of the table; however, here is a sequence of pictures that shows the length of the table being joined and reinforced.  



With base complete, I fit the top and make any last adjustments before sanding and finishing.

And here are some pictures with the table finished.  The clamps were there to hold it in place before the base was attached to the top.


This table will glow with a bit of candle light.

Nesting Tables 

The nesting table was very fun to create and has one of my favorite design details of the furniture I've made.  The clients for these tables were a couple and one of them was a musician.  They were looking for way to maximize and beautify their space and improve his music station.  So, we decided to go with a very simple design, similar to some metal nesting tables.  My favorite detail came when I started thinking about how to reinforce such a simple table.  There needed to be support in the corners, where the legs meet the top.  I thought of adding square blocking, and then it occurred to me that since it was going to be used for music, I could strengthen the table and add a subtle reference to music.  I would add three splines, like the three black keys that are grouped together on the piano. 


But I jump the gun.  The tops for both of these tables are continuous, so if you put them side-by-side, everything will match-up.


I jumped the gun again.  Here are the legs and tops joined with a simple butt joint.


To reinforce this butt joint, I setup a sled for the table saw at 45 degrees that allowed me to cut the grooves for the splines.  This was quite a spectical, and I wish I had asked someone to take pictures of me with the whole tables going over the table saw.  Here are some pictures of the splines after the grooves were cut.  


Here is a picture of the tables pulled out just before I finished them.

Without stain, the wood takes on beautiful, rich colors when oil is applied to them.


Here another picture of the tables completed with a wax finish.



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