Wednesday, April 3, 2013

420 Dining room table with salvaged natural fir top, painted distressed base

Here is the inspiration picture for this piece:  Source: via Suzanne on Pinterest
These are reclaimed fir boards from old Oregon barns.  We do not use reclaimed wood very often.

Some reasons not to use reclaimed wood are:  high moisture content:  two problems with this:  first, the wood will shrink in width and may warp over time.  second, moisture inhibits finish penetration.  More problems with salvaged wood:  birdshot and nails which ruin knives // rot and fragility // SPLINTERS // 

Salvaged wood, if it is ever to be used, must be done strategically - we would never use it for anything except a top such as this one.  The boards did not come straight off the barn looking like this and required hours upon hours of manipulation to impart a soft blonde color; (their natural inclination under oils is toward a screeching dark orange) harden the soft spots (90 percent of the entire board); add "convincing" "worm" holes with an awl (these are NOT natural; this is Oregon, the natural ones were HUUUGE); re-create the eroded, up and down grain on the cut ends and any areas that had to be shaped; and  de-splinterize the entire length so that it could be wiped with a rag.  

This close view of the foot shows a lot of wear here, as it should be.  The base coat was avocado, and the intermediate coat a soft dove grey.  

Showing a little bit of crackle here and there...

The finished piece went to live in Wisconsin.

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