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Hi Lumber Jocks and Janes,

I made this side table out of half of an old reclaimed 2×4 for Summers Woodworking Contest 2014. I wanted a bolted together look with no apron because I thought it would be an interesting contrast between fragility and strength. The other contrast effect I was going for was the combination of the somewhat elegant profile of the legs against the worn, weathered, and mouse chewed texture of the 2×4.


I bolted the legs to the top with random found hardware. Several of the bolts were smooth headed carriage bolts. I used an angle grinder to cut screwdriver slots in these. This worked out great since the deep spot in the concavity of the slot kept the tip of the driver bit from wandering away from the center of the screw as I drove it in. Why don't they make them like this already??

I finished this with a blowtorch and linseed oil. I really liked the patina on the weathered surfaces of the 2×4 and wanted to create a similar effect on the freshly cut surfaces as well. The blowtorch really helped to pop the grain as well. I'll be using this method more in the future for sure!

I see several improvements I can make on the next one, but overall I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.

Not sure how well you can hear the music in the background, but it is my own creation as well.

Thanks for looking!

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Jesse!

That is ONE COOL little table!

Love the design and Finishing technique!

Did you burn it first then apply the BLO….??
... burn more AFTER the BLO?

COOL job!

Thank you!
 

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Thanks, Joe!

For the most part I burnt it first and then applied the BLO. There is a moment in the video where it looks the other way around because I was trying to use the torch first to darken the hardware before applying the BLO. I think the BLO increases the fire hazard to nearly 100% if applied before torching. Also, when I experimented doing it that way, the oil actually prevents the wood from oxidizing in the flame! The oil wants to burn off first like wax in a candle before the wood (wick) will burn.
 

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I've decided that this finishing method shall be called the BLOTorch!
 

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Nice table, and good design. Good luck in the contest
 
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