Friday, October 16, 2009

new projects with old materials, and the birds that like 'em

As mentioned in an earlier post (although blogs don't work chronologically, so you're seeing the newest posts first, so I can't really say previously, or maybe I could), I was given some pieces and parts of furniture from antique dealer in downtown Enterprise that sustained smoke damage from a nearby fire. The headboard bench and the drawer table are the first few pieces to be created from that lot. The bench features a finished (and slightly damaged) headboard, some reworked stair treads, some salvaged oak posts, and some salvaged pine from an old barn. When I walked into the barn to take these photographs, a small wren was sitting on it- no lie.
The table utilizes some random wood slabs that were ripped (cut lengthwise on the table saw) and then glued into new panels. The drawer serves multiple purposes, functioning as storage and as the apron (stabilizing) device. No, the drawer doesn't slide forwards and backwards.
The next piece underwent a reincarnation of sorts as well. This once "Staff Women" door was reformatted into a hefty yet comfortable bench. I really like to sit on it. Perhaps that wren would as well, only there is no wren access into the dairy barn. One rip of twelve inches was made, and all that material serves as the legs. A second rip of 1" was made to remove the side of the door with the latch. A dado trench was made and then the skinny rip was inlaid into the top of the bench. Earlier plans included a door latch push button ejector seat device, but we all decided a wren wouldn't need such a thing as that.

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