<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> 8/13/08 Cherry Table

 

 

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Imagine locking William Faulkner and Oscar Wilde in a room with the board above and not letting them out before they had made a piece of furniture. This table would be the result. That's not what I was shooting for, but that's the answer I came up with once I had finished the table and asked myself, "Who in the hell would make this?" It's got a touch of Victorian flare crossed with early American Western style. The piece of wood served as a barn floor for decades and is grayed and textured as a result. For the frame on the tabletop, I sanded off the splinters and bird pucky, and I used thinner to clean the cracks. That's when I realized that the wood wasn't gray, but an even darker red than the planed Cherry. As a result, I didn't plane the wood used in the frame, leaving the texture created by time and natural weathering. The Cabriole legs are actually that dark, and the wood between the legs is newer-growth Cherry and much lighter as a result (I know that sounds dirty, but it's not). I used no stains to make this table.

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I did leave a bit of the sapwood in the rear piece of frame wood just to highlight the natural colors of the weathered Cherry.

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The texture on this piece is especially interesting.

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These are a couple more photos of the bird-littered barn boards, the second with a close look at the worm rot.

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