My table project

by Chris April. 19, 2008 5659 views

This can seems a bit odd, using this timber since I am against cutting down the rain forest! I actually hate the destroying of the big forests!
Therefore, this is the story:

A former colleague of mine baught a house just outside Bergen city 12 years back, he baught it from a old widow. The widows deseaced husband had been a sailor all his life, and over the years he did collect and braught home Merbau. Therefore, when my former colleague took over the house he discovered that the basement was full of Merbau, stored in some rooms.

The Merbautimber from the asian Ipil tree is beautiful, but not so common in Norway, in the north Pine and Spruce is used more for timber and for making furnitures.

Well, I helped my colleague a lot so he gave me some pieces of the timber. And I have had them stored for years on my workplace until some weeks ago. I was doing some cleaning up and thought “ throw them in the trash or use them for something”?

I was thinking, these pieces of wood is old, probably been stored for 40-50 years, to bad to throw them and since I already have them I can use them for something good.
I have always been quite handy and clever making things, I started thinking, and started on my table project….


Took some shots when I was working, used my Sony Cybershot DSC-W100.
My Canon EOS 30D is on service, will not get it back for weeks.

Chris


PS: started today on my new project, the “shelf-project”. Gonna make a big shelfconstruction for our livingroom, will use laminated Pinewood. Baught the timber today.
To be continued……………….

This is what I started with, pieces of timber like this. And I used the saw to the right for cutting them up…

Our carpenting workshop at my workplace..

Glue and pressure…

It is gonna be a solid and rough terrace-table…

The workshop on my workplace is a mess, my colleagues are also building furnitures in the evenings…

We have some good machines here..

My table getting nicer and nicer…

This is how its going to be..

Ready for the finish…

After hours and hours and hours of brushing and polishing..

Ready for the oil…

Underneath first..

Then layors and layors and layors of oil on the top…

Looks beautiful, doesnt it?

It is a outside-table for my terrace, I want it to have a rough finish, not perfect, but it still looks quite nice…

The result, a nice breakfast-table for me and my family, suitable for the four of us….

Arrangement for the photographer…

Now we just have to buy some chairs (not rain forest wood of course)….

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Vane 11 years, 5 months ago

Nice and interesting post!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jacki 11 years, 5 months ago

WOW, beautiful work! This was a particularly interesting post, thanks for sharing!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Camille 11 years, 5 months ago

bravo !!!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Persi Burzo 11 years, 5 months ago

beautiful and complex set... divers angles, close-ups and compositions... very good :)

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ana A. Negru 11 years, 5 months ago

Wow! Fantastic work! Beautifuly done!!!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Alfo Zavala 11 years, 5 months ago

congrats, good work and excelent photos ;) i like the photos of the final result and enjoy :)

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Maria 11 years, 5 months ago

great story of a beautiful table.. =)

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Riyaz 11 years, 5 months ago

lovely set! tells the whole process in pictures! great work! and lets hope they keep planting more trees than they fell!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Franzisko 11 years, 5 months ago

wow! you did a great work!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Luiza 11 years, 5 months ago

wow! :)) super!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Lexlevans 11 years, 5 months ago

Wow! you are so talented! this is a fantastic work of art :-) the shots of the woodshop remind me of when i was in college and had to make my own canvases for my painting classes - i wasn't very good at it to say the least...

have a great time with your new table!! :-)

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Sherij 11 years, 5 months ago

WOW you are very handy!! Great looking table!! Job well done!!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Maria 11 years, 5 months ago

What a great table you made! It's beautiful! What a talent! Thanks for the step by step process. :)

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tim 11 years, 5 months ago

hey I feel able to make my own table now after your post :))) lol joking,,im not so handy ,,no way,,,u did a great job, and was a different adn instructive one, Im glad u didnt throw the wood away, the table looks wonderful!!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Fotolapeta 11 years, 5 months ago

very great workshop and super photos. thats exactly mean PHOTOBLOG!!! thx!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 11 years, 5 months ago

wow. great process and skills. the first meal at that special table was at least, memorable.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jorge Cardoso 11 years, 5 months ago

it was great to follow this... and maybe other people will get more adventurous! :)

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Rozariasbanned 11 years, 5 months ago

well done: you're sooo crafty! :)

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Leocheung 11 years, 5 months ago

Wow! Wonderful documentary on great craftmanship.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Mei-Ling 11 years, 5 months ago

Well done, Chris, and thanks for documenting the project so comprehensively. You should be immensely proud! Reminds me of the time, not too long ago, when we converted our small 7x3 metre patch by the side of the garden into a pergola.

Thanks for sharing.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Mertxe 11 years, 5 months ago

beautiful job to teach us how to do it, fantastic thank you

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Pete 11 years, 5 months ago

a task well done and a red wine to christian the table with.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jacekb 11 years, 5 months ago

Great skills. Congratulations. My job is also creative thought not so visibly. I like your work as a professionalist and as a photographer.

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Marco Stefano Vitiello 11 years, 5 months ago

[b]!!! :):):)[/b]

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
David Cardona 11 years, 5 months ago

Great home! Wonderful shots. Thanks for sharing dear and gentle friend!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Guy Armitage 11 years, 5 months ago

Good work!...finally a space outside for the bottle of white!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Mario Jean 11 years, 5 months ago

What a nice workshop you got there.
You are not only a talented photographer and fisher...
This piece is great!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tachasi 11 years, 5 months ago

you have great skill in photography and buit table too....

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Tantatantan 11 years, 5 months ago

wonderful work!!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Michelle 11 years, 5 months ago

Very nice table!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Kayya Macuch 11 years, 5 months ago

you are really very skilfull. It is a very nice piece of furniture!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
K C Ng 11 years, 5 months ago

Well done ;))

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Ursula 11 years, 5 months ago

good hands:)

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Shruti 11 years, 5 months ago

u love ur job too.dat great

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Anca Tudosa 11 years, 5 months ago

these photos remind me about my childhood at my grandparents..my grandfather was making furniture..and I love that smell of wood!great table btw!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Robert Moffat 11 years, 5 months ago

Great pictures, great table - looks fantastic!

11 years, 5 months ago Edited
Francesc 11 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations, not only for the beauliful photos, also for the text and how recyclate the wood...

11 years, 6 months ago Edited
Samuel 11 years, 6 months ago

great work
very nice table
i would buy it :)

11 years, 6 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 11 years, 6 months ago

You do great work, nuce shots as well.

11 years, 6 months ago Edited
Maxine 11 years, 6 months ago

What a stunning piece of furniture you have built. Congratulations!

11 years, 6 months ago Edited
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