LumberJocks Woodworking Forum banner
  • Please post in our Community Feedback thread for help with the new forum software! If you are having trouble logging in, please Contact Us for assistance.

Project Information

Some projects require a trip out to get new materials, others are made from what you have on hand at the time, for the better - or more often - the worse.

After deciding to throw my hat into the Thorsen Table contest ring, I only intended to make my interpretation as "green" as possible. I wouldn't be buying any new materials, and hopefully I wouldn't regret that desicion (and in the end, I surely don't!)

I like the arts and craft style, and I really like the Japanese influence on it. Ironically, while I like much of the G&G work, I don't care so much for the cloud lift detail. It's a little "art deco" for my taste.

My first design decision was to find a new spin on that detail. Perhaps something with a natural edge, or a little rustic. I had a couple of boards in mind, however I wasn't able to find a way to put it together that I liked, or that I could figure out the logistics of (with the materials and tools I have on hand).

After weeks of pondering, lots of research, and several sketches, I was struck with the reminder of a door I had stored away in the shed. It could have been oak, turns out it was fir (I think). I was happy to have enough of the stock I would need, and that all of it was nice and dead flat. This and some of the slate I had would make a nice table all out of reclaimed materials.

All the lumber in this table, the legs, aprons, rails, lower shelf and even the corner glue blocks are all cut from the old door. No other lumber is mixed in. The aprons are all quartersawn (or rift-sawn), the legs are quartersawn, with veneer hiding the two plain sawn faces.

I used the plan dimensions in the size and contruction of this table, though pulled a little inspiration from the original. While I may have eliminated the cloud lifts, and cut outs of the inspiration piece, I kept the authors addition of 'quirks' on the legs, rails and aprons. I also added them to the wood frame that supports the slate top, partially giving the illusion that the top is floating a bit above the surface.

The legs are a hair thinner than the original, and the aprons are thinner, and an inch or more shorter, as well. Overall the piece looks nice and light, though well proportioned and sturdy. The scale of the apron comes right from the rail of the door, the shelf on the bottom is the same size, though I did add supports to the back of those rails so a larger slate shelf could be added. After using a handsaw (see blog) to cut the top, I'm not in a rush to do that again. I'm happy with how the table looks as is, but now that I know there is an easier way…. a larger shelf may prove more functional in time.

The slate top, a little over 14" square, is cut from a piece of salvaged chalkboard roughly 1/4 thick. This was sanded and waxed. The slate is attached to a 1" frame that overhangs the legs by about an inch, which looks to be more than the original - which virtually the same overall size as mine.

The top is waxed, the wood - coats of boiled linseed oil and Howards feed and wax.

I mentioned in the project blog that I was surprised how small this table ended up being overall, though it is just the right size to go next to a couch or chair in our living room. From a table I'm likely to never have made, to a great addition to our house - made from the house!

Gallery

Comments

·
Registered
Joined
·
14,500 Posts
Looks great. It shows well. Nice job.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18,890 Posts
Well done, Scott… well done.
love that last line: "From a table I'm likely to never have made, to a great addition to our house - made from the house!". That really makes this one exceptionally wonderful project.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,589 Posts
Bravo!

I just hope the kids don't think the top is a chalkboard and write all over it!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,659 Posts
- Hence the rough side up Bill. I'd write on the smooth side ;)

Thanks all!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
35,383 Posts
Great completion Scott. And days to spare. Good job there was a three day weekend.

Kind of like Taxes, It sneaks up on us, while in January we know we have lots of time.

A great table, Congratulations on the design and completion.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,858 Posts
I really like it Scott…very clean…like you I'm not a big fan of the cloud lift…..seems to stray from the clean lines idea. The slate is a very nice touch….the float makes it look lighter. I also like the whole door idea.

Nice use of recycled materials. I just stripped 4 doors and they are all quartersawn as well…great lumber if I wasn't refinishing them.

Great design and execution….congrats on finishing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,667 Posts
Very nice Scott, you might have added another shelf though, more room for your trophys. But a very good build. You should be proud. jockmike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,967 Posts
That did come out great. It's been a good read, following it's progress!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,861 Posts
Beautifully done Scott,
That old door was waiting a long time for something like this. A nice table hiding under that old paint.
That's what we need, more recycling.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18,890 Posts
what's wrong with writing on the slate? (says the teacher in me??)

I'd be putting it beside my bed with some chalk and when I wake up in the night with a brilliant idea I could just reach over and jot it down… then it would be there in the morning for me!! :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
286 Posts
Nice job, Scott
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,484 Posts
Scott, this is a great piece of woodworking art. Nice job. Greater because of it being made of recycled materials.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
257 Posts
The clean lines make this an elegant table. Congratulations.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
713 Posts
Scott, that looks great!- very nice work! I to am a fan of using re-claimed wood, but man you took it to a whole new level. I really enjoyed your blog and watching this come together!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,222 Posts
I know that the ppl at Pop Woodworking are gonna have a hard time picking a winner.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
198 Posts
Hi Scott:

I like your being Green and Green. Last weekend I attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and the theme of most exhibiting designers was being Green. This also include creating designs based off of expected cut-off from primary design. Really interesting.

Excellent…...............Neil
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,861 Posts
Scott,
A great job of recycling a previous contest entry. LOL

Its still a beautiful table.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
224 Posts
Very nice. I like the incorporation of slate to the project. Wood grain is beautiful. Nice job.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,164 Posts
Nice table, I like the old chalkboard top! Great job on this!
 
Top