I call this The Sewickley Table and it has become one of my favorite projects to date. Taking its inspiration from Herman Miller and Scandinavian aesthetics, I designed this table to fill a very specific need: to display the client’s Bose sound system.
Constructed from a combination of new and reused poplar the table is structurally supported by a custom fit floating shelf bracket mounted to the wall. The legs, while not offer true support, are set at 15° angles and provide concealed cord management for the sound system.
Cord management was a big consideration in this design. The table slab, like the legs, have a channel to hold and conceal power cords.
To create a finish with depth, a combined several coats of primer, paint, and clear coat were applied. The primer was white, followed by red, then black paint. I scuffed the black finish to allow hints of red to peak through, then I top coated it with several coats of polywhey.
The hardest part of the whole operation was giving the table up to its new home. I feel like a piece of me goes into every piece I make.
I love the look and feel of old wood. Especially wood that's spent a century or so working to hold up a barn. So, when I get the chance to work with old working wood, I jump on it. I was commissioned to make a custom mantelpiece, from an old oak beam!
I worked hard to clean and refresh the wood, but not destroy its character. After I tracked down a suitable beam, I washed it with wood bleach, scrubbed and rinsed, then let it dry in the hot summer sun for a couple days.
I've been scratching my head about how to begin this blog. Seeing an empty page, always causes me to start overthinking things. Which isn't what I want to do.
I want to keep things simple. I want to keep my designs and processes simple. I want to use simple finishes. And I know all of the above are going to help me to love what I'd doing more and more.
We'll talk more about "simple" as time goes on. For now, I've made my first marks on this big blank blog (I really dig alliteration) and that's all I wanted to accomplish tonight.
So, good night, sweet dreams, we'll talk soon. -M