REBUILDING A COMMUNITY
Renovation work turns old into new.
SHOP OWNER: Ed Slattery
LOCATION: Montgomery, AL
I made this table for my wife from salvaged two-by lumber. Bob, the retired sergeant who runs the Maxwell AFB Hobby Shop, was a great help, as were many suggestions received here from WoodCentral participants. I think y'all deserve to see what you helped me make!
The table is made from 100-year-old southern yellow pine, salvaged from some houses we renovated locally. A friend and I do the work in an effort to restore an old, and historic, black community here in Montgomery, Alabama.
I also made picture frames with some of the old bead board and other salvaged scraps from some of the renovated houses. We sell them locally, not on any scale yet, to raise funds to run the Community House we just opened in the neighborhood.
Preparing the antique lumber for the table, I cut the outer, rough-hewn material off on the table saw and then flattened the sides on the jointer. From there, I chose some richly grained pieces to make the field for the top. I used biscuits between the individual boards for the field. 2 x 6's, used to frame the field, were mortised to receive the tenons I cut in it. While the field floats the length of the table, biscuits join it to the frame at each end. The legs are old 4 x 4's I cleaned up, cut to length, and then tapered on the jointer. Even though they turned out okay, I don't think I would use this method again for pieces that have to match.
I made the box for my son to store his Lego's. It came from the same salvaged materials as the table. The inlay around the lid is simply the cutoff material. It seemed that it would highlight the top and preserve some of the wood that somebody else had worked more than 100 years ago.
The log in the picture is a piece of mock orange, bo' dark(sp?), iron wood, etc. that Gary Evans came down and cut up to sell to wood turners. I have another batch of this wood in my shop that I found left on the side of the road for the sanitation department to dispose of. Couldn't let that happen!. . . Ed Slattery
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