From Timber to River Table

Every piece of furniture we make has a journey. I thought I'd take a moment to illustrate the process for this table (which I have named the "Gum Leaf"). It started off life as a tree that was salvaged (that means it was not cut down to create timber. It came down in a storm and was saved by the land owner from being burnt or chipped). A saw mill salvaged it and cut it into slabs of timber and season them for a couple of years.

The first image is of one the tables pieces at the timber mill. I saw these two pieces and thought they would make a great table if I combined them.

It is levelled and epoxy resin is used to fill the cracks and to lock everything together.

Next, the two pieces of timber are sanded then, I laid them side by side to get a sense of what I wanted to achieve.

 

I created two joints at each ends of the timbers to overlap them and the gum leaf shape in the centre now appears. A wooden template of the centre (gum leaf shape) was made to give to my glazier so he could cut and then toughen the glass of my choice (which in this case is a smoked glass) that I thought would work well with a set of black legs.

Whilst I was waiting for the glass, I started work on building a custom set of legs (just for the table) in galvanised steel and had them powder coated black.

Next cam the finish sanding and staining. I use a product that is made from natural plant oil and contains no VOC's.

After a few days curing I put everything together to create the finished table.

Apart from the natural beauty if this timber I really love the organic shape of the gum leaf that enables you to see through to the architectural shape of the legs!

I've loved every second of making this table, I hope the purchaser will enjoy it for many years to come!

Tony