In another life, this table was a structural beam in a building in NYC. Remember when your mom told you to look on the inside to see someone's real beauty? Same holds true with lumber.
I've got a bunch of interesting furniture in the pipeline and I'm starting to gather materials. A couple of pieces are spec'd out in weathered barn siding. That can be tough to source, but I know a guy in upstate NY who squirrels away lumber every chance he gets. He had some interesting boards that had been vertical board and batten siding on an old local barn that dated back somewhere in the 1800's. I went and brought home a truckload. I can't wait to get into this project...
The original concept for this dining set was from NYC architect Gary Deam of Deam Design. He designed the apartment this project is for, incorporating a long built in banquette to anchor the dining area. I was asked to design and build the individual pieces. Trestle tables work best with banquettes, so that was my starting point. The chair design is a refinement of a chair that I have built a couple of times in the past. And the banquette was designed to have clean lines and comfortable geometry. Since the space was going to feel refined and comfortable, I wanted to introduce something bold and a little rugged as counterpoint. So I used reclaimed Heart Pine, with all its cracks, holes, and character. On certain surfaces I planned to keep the antique patina of the old beams.
Here are boards for the tabletop being laid out:
The trestle assemblies (legs) for the table, with the top in the background:
And finally, the banquette takes form. (Notice the cutout in the seat: I made the seat with two lids that hinge up so the bench can be used for storage as well.)
Next time: Final pictures!
I'm going to do this next post as a little series to give a glimpse of the process (or lack thereof) behind what I do. Bear with me: I'll include pictures and try not to talk too much.
First, an Idea: Long built-in banquette, table, chairs
Next, lumber: Reclaimed beams from M. Fine Lumber in Brooklyn
Check back soon for the next installment...