Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rolling out the door

A just completed table which will be in 'Conviviality' - opening Thursday at Strathnairn Arts and running until 20 Dec.
'Print' uses recycled oregan sourced through Thor's Hammer at Yarralumla which came out of the Government Printing Office at Kingston.
Apparently they don't stock oregan very often so it was a matter of making a virtue of what they had. A short 1360mm 70mm thick section was deeped, revealing the nail holes and staining. It was an interesting pattern and rather than filling with resin or epoxy, I've left them raw and open.
Also took the chance to play with a new finish. Thor's Hammer use and sell Osmo finishes. They mainly use Polyx oil which is applied with a microfibre roller. I went the Osmo hard oil and I'm not sure what I think about it.
Like all oils, my french polisher beady eyes sees streakiness and when it's rubbed out, the sheen is a bit uneven. It's also got a whitish cast which is not a bad thing necessarily but it did result in the leg assemblies which were finished in shellac being warmer in tone. If it yellows, this will come to balance and the oregan will darken over time as well. Low gloss though which I was pleased with.
The oregan had some issues of compression which could be from its felling (sometime just after WWI so this is pretty venerable wood), or the stresses the pieces were under in the building. Plus there were as you can see a couple of knots. I can say the new #62 low angle plane rose splendidly to the occasion (and yes I do need to write Post #2 about that plane). But it was also intended to not be perfect, but an engagement with recycled timber and everything that may mean.
The pieces available from Thor's Hammer also dictated the design of the leg assembly.I am curious about how well it will function. There are no cross rails and the assemblies have been screwed into the top through tapering holes using #12 screws. Given the age of the timber, I'm not too worried about movement.
If it does prove to have too much rack, I can add haunched rails very easily. But I do like playing with the removal of rails when possible as they are a pain when sitting at a table and in some circumstances, just more visual clutter.
This now the fourth table where I have also used a central beam in the top. This one is not thicker than the top neighbouring boards but it widened what would otherwise be too mean a top. The central piece is also a bit denser than the other boards, so the joints will have extra heft. 
A small breakfast table for two or one with a paper and coffee. Or should that be one with an iPad Pro and coffee?
But as always, it's a reminder that I need to shoot stuff in a slightly more orderly manner than when they're being loaded into the back of the ute. There is something, well not quite.... about an oil stained driveway as your backdrop. I did broom it though.
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