A few months ago, we were asked to build a 10-foot long harvest table for a family in Rochester, who had just settled in their new home. Other than specific dimensions and a request for a slightly rustic, yet refined and easy-to-clean surface, we were left with a lot of room for our own creativity.
Months went by, and we still couldn’t find some decent material to use. Then in late October, we came across some beautifully unique Ambrosia maple. Ambrosia maple is soft maple that has been infested with the Ambrosia beetle. The beetles bore into the tree, and bring a fungus with them that discolors the wood around their bore hole, giving it an incredibly unique decorative pattern that also gives the wood a more rustic feel. We were able to pull together just enough boards that were 10-feet long and true enough to accommodate this table!
As with every project we design and build ourselves, the final product never ends up looking like the original design on paper. We always had the idea of angled legs with authentic mortise and tenon joints. However, through the building process, we altered the design to incorporate some metal components that actually served a purpose (many of the harvest tables out there have metal components, merely for looks). The two pieces of steel rod we placed at an angle actually pull the table legs towards the center, and force the bottom support to place pressure upwards on the center support by putting the table in “tension”. This system allowed us to have a very strong 10-foot long table without an unnecessary over-laminated top that would be very heavy. It also allows the table to completely come apart for easy transport and storage; unnecessary though a nice addition.
The entire table was coated with Rubio Monocoat pure hard-wax oil (an all-natural flax seed coating produced in Belgium). It’s VOC free, completely safe, and offers an extremely robust and impermeable coating – it’s the same coating we put on our hardwood floors and we just love it! It really gave the table a warm feel, without sacrificing the beautiful features of the wood.
We are so happy with the design that we have decided to make 2 more tables this coming month – one is very wormy like the one featured in this post, while the other is more clear. If interested, please contact us for prices… it all depends on the type of material used as well as the length and design of the table.