This hickory table uses 1×4″ boards that were reassembled using a biscuit joiner to give the appearance of a solid slab. The bark on the edge pieces were kept for added interest and gives the table a rustic look. The base pieces were cut from 2×6″ solid hickory boards with compound angles giving the base a wider stance and more stability.
Building bases is arguably the most difficult aspect of table construction and this project was no exception. Calculating and executing multiple angles and getting everything to fit together properly with no wobbly legs is a real challenge. Adding the butterfly keys to hardwood table tops is also a difficult skill to master. Each one gets easier and fits a little better. The key is made with quarter sawn red oak which features medullary rays or fleck.
Before shipping to the customer i’ll keep the table here in the upstairs living room for a few weeks to adjust to the indoor climate. I’ll keep an eye to see if any cracks develop and to see whether the bark edge decides to stay on the table. The bark was coated with the same finish as the top but may peel off after adjusting to the indoor humidity levels.
All of the wood you see here was saw milled here on-site with the Lucas Mill portable sawmill.