Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Piece of Delta History

Last February during a cold snap of -30 F, my daughter, her husband, my son Ryan, and I had the opportunity to pick an old log cabin.  Past its prime and with a basement that had started to collapse, it was held together with heavy cables and huge turnbuckles.  I made a blog post about that day, and another about what eventually happened to the cabin here at my old blog:
We had hoped to get back into the cabin and we thought it was going to be torn down for all of the wonderful old round logs.  Sadly, it was burned down, and although it provided the fire department some needed practice, it was sad that this old cabin was lost.  There was a wonderful piece of burl wood that we especially wanted to save.  
     This new piece was made from one of the very old basement doors that we rescued.  It has so much character and as soon as I saw it I knew it would make a great table.  
    Some cleaning, a little TLC, Danish Oil, and some poly and the wood took on a beautiful glow.  I left the hardware, so much character!
       I originally intended to use pipe for the legs, but so many of the industrial type tables right now have them and I wanted something that would be a little different.  I had an opportunity to get a pair of  boat jacks, and thought that this might be the answer.  
    Eventually I had to abandon the idea of using the entire boat jacks, and had to settle for making wooden receivers that the lower half of the jacks could fit in to.  
    This table is truly a one of a kind piece.  Hours and hours of planning, blood, sweat and tears went into the making of it.  Each part of building it had specific challenges and obstacles that I had to overcome.  This is truly a piece of history and I'm so glad I could preserve it and turn it into something useful.  It would make a great entryway table, desk, or tv table, with the addition of a piece of glass, this could even be a dining table!   With its pretty wood and black legs it has an industrial/farmhouse look.  The dimensions on this piece are:  27 1/2 inches tall, 25 inches wide and 79 1/2 inches long.  

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  1. That wood is gorgeous. You did a great job bringing it back to life as a table. I saw your link at the Vintage Inspiration Party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  2. Thank you so much, and thank you for stopping by!!!

  3. Beautiful wood door and it is perfect as a table! I love that you used boat jacks for the legs, I used car jacks to make chairs once. :)

  4. Wow, that wood is gorgeous and so clever turning it into a table! Thanks for linking it to our Power Tool Reader Challenge :)