Recently we have been working on a variety of custom tables for a few clients. Tables by far are some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture to make with reclaimed barn wood and can really bring life to your home, lodge,office, and even back yard. Because the wood varies so much every table is different in its own way. and tells its own story and no two tables will ever turn out the same even if it is made from the same sections of the same boards. The reasons for this are due to the artful technique of hand hewing timbers, but also because the wood can age and weather in different ways depending on where it is located in the barn. All of the wood in the following pictures are reclaimed hard woods found locally here in Northwest, MO. Most of the hard wood is a mixture of Oak, Walnut, and Pine and dates back to the late 1890’s.
The first step in making a table is to lock down the size and dimensions. Once these are in place, the wood needs to be chosen and set aside. There is definitely an artistic approach to making tables like this and of course a sixth sense that allows me to bring all the wood together. Every piece of wood is different and it takes quite a bit of experience to understand how the wood will look after it has been refurbished. Skills like this are just something that you pick up over time. The hard part is taking gray weathered wood and knowing what it will look like once it is refurbished. This is where the artistic approach comes in:
This first table was for a customer who wanted a simple picnic style table for their backyard. Something durable and weather resistant where the family could sit around on the back deck. These timbers were all a combination of mixed hardwoods, but as you can see, every board, depending on the type of wood, will finish a little bit differently making it extremely unique.
One of the last projects I worked on for Adams Toyota was a table for the service area. It was made form the same wood as the Media Wall found within the office. What I did here was take mixed hardwood and and layer it to give it more life like approach instead of just closing off all of the sides. It truly fits the open floor design very nicely.