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KS Feast Table.

This table is 108" x 40" x 30". Weighing in around 400lbs though quite possibly more. The matching benches are no joke, either. This table gets a ton of traffic over at Kitchensurfing HQ where they have multiple “chef tests” during the week. This amounts to many chefs serving up lots of delicious and often exotic food 2 to 3 days each week. So far I have joined them to eat eels, sea urchin, pad thai, coconut curry, squash soups, paella, pork chops, steak, lamb meatballs, ok you get the picture. Gives me a lot of joy to know my table is so well used. Also gives me a lot of joy to sit around the table and watch my brother’s start up company share its message and mission.

Creation Story

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I had to make a lot of hard decisions working on this wood. The easiest way to make a reclaimed dining table is just to lay the boards down and accept their imperfections as part of the character. There is something to be said for this method. Unfortunately, several key table design elements go out the window in that case. A rough surface is hard to clean if food is involved. Also splinters can be a problem. The various cracks and gaps in the wood can be too large to be ignored - especially over a 9’ span. The degree to which the table is level will vary significantly as well. I sought to remedy these problems.  

I opted for a smooth surface because I’m really into how my work feels as much as how it looks these days. I had to sand away a lot of the reclaimed character, but I think it was a good trade off. For flatness, I did a lot of shaving with an electric hand planer to get the boards fairly level and the gaps between the boards to acceptable width. Gluing the boards together in this application is just about impossible. For one, the sides of the wood are riddled with nails. A table saw cannot go through a nail without being damaged. And it is almost impossible to get all the nails out of this wood. So getting the edges straight enough for glue is out the door. Also, the combined weight of 4 of these boards would be 240 or more pounds and a 9’ x 40" size. Not practical for NYC. 

So then I got to experimenting with the patina. A friend had showed me some wood that he torched and I thought that was a good idea. After torching and sanding, I was a little worried. Since this is a retrospective post, I can tell you, once I applied wipe on polyurethane, it changed everything. Added lots of contrast and hidden hues in the wood. Final pictures to follow.

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A beast of a dining table. 3" thick southern yellow pine. 9’ long. Heavy. Each board weighs somewhere between 60 and 75lbs by my estimate. I really like this old growth stuff. It’s one of the harder soft woods available. Smells really good, too. 

This table will be hosting many dinners and lunches at Kitchensurfing HQ, so I wanted to make them something that deserved all the attention. 

Also funny - if I weren’t reasonably strong, I could never make this table. It’s sort of humorous how much of oneself goes into one’s designs - consciously or not.