Somebody once asked me how to be artistic. My suggestion was to start with something functional, then add or remove from it until you are done. By replacing one leg with an axe, this piece remains functional, yet is transformed into a work of art!
It is a well-known fact that quartersawn material (where growth rings run vertically along the end grain) is very stable and for that reason it is used extensively for Time Warp Tool Works projects, including Moulding Planes and Ash Bench Dogs. When selecting stock for bench dogs, I always notice that some ash doesn’t look as exquisite as other ash. The best ash is tight- and fine-grained and quartersawn. Ash with curvy, figured grain or that is flatsawn (where growth rings run horizontally along the end grain) is not as desirable when long-term stability is a primary concern.
Fine and Purdy Flatsawn Ash
Up for grabs are a total of 14 pieces of kiln-dried, flatsawn ash, each 7/8″ square and 8′ long. (I can cut them shorter if you prefer smaller pieces of ash for mailing; what you do with the ash once you get your hands on it is up to you!) Each piece of ash is perfect (free of defects) and needs love and attention that I cannot provide. I am giving it all away as one package so that I don’t end up with a stick of my ash.
If you would like for this lovely ash to be all yours, please leave a comment below indicating your interest before April 2. I will then draw the name of a lucky ash-grabber at random. Even if you don’t get this trunk-load of ash, remember that there is MUCH MORE that I want to give away.
At 11:45 am on Saturday, December 17, I decided that I would make a small table as a Christmas gift. I documented my process live on Twitter and what you see below are the updates. This was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed.
(If you are not familiar with the format used on Twitter, the @ symbol indicates a username. Every update, or “tweet” below starts with a username and they are the author of that tweet. Sometimes, you will see two or more usernames in a tweet. The second (and third, etc) usernames are people the author is talking to. The other symbol you will see is #, which serves as a category. I tried to remember to categorize all my tweets pertaining to this project under #flairww.)
Saturday, December 17: 5-1/2 hours
@FlairWoodworks: I’m going to try to design and build a table today, starting right now. Follow along with hash tag #flairww
December 17, 2011, 11:48 am
@FlairWoodworks: The first step will be to find some cool wood. #flairww
December 17, 2011, 11:48 am
@FlairWoodworks: This odd piece looks to be the right height for legs. I’m thinking pedestal. #flairww
December 17, 2011, 11:51 am
@gvmcmillan: @FlairWoodworks Good luck cutting that safely!
December 17, 2011, 11:54 am
@FlairWoodworks: Smoothing the power-carved surfaces with a hand plane.
December 17, 2011, 12:24 pm
@FlairWoodworks: I’d like to use this piece for the base and top of the table. #flairww (I later changed my mind and used the part marked “BASE” for the top and vise-versa.)
December 17, 2011, 12:46 pm
@FlairWoodworks: You didn’t think this was going to be just another table, did you? #flairww
December 17, 2011, 12:48 pm
@FlairWoodworks: I cut a clean surface on the end of the leg with my sliding tablesaw. How would you do this? #flairww
December 17, 2011, 1:07 pm
@Tumblewood: @FlairWoodworks I’d have done something similar with my Excalibur sliding table. #Flairww
December 17, 2011, 1:15 pm
@BobbyHagstrom: @FlairWoodworks Probably with a sled as I don’t have a sliding T-saw :( hehe… I’ve done stuff like that freehand-lots o’ clean up #flairww
December 17, 2011, 1:20 pm
@FlairWoodworks: I need to glue two pieces together to make a wide, more stable base. Note the chalk alignment lines.
December 17, 2011, 1:32 pm