So we built our first table. The we is myself and Rick Silva. You can see more about that collaboration on our Facebook page: D-Men design/build. It's D-men because Rick and I have played defence together for our old-timer hockey team, the Silver Marmots. The 'Hammer' in Hammer and Tidy is actually my hockey nickname, referencing the Philly Flyer / Broad Street Bully Dave 'The Hammer' Schultz. Rick's nickname is Rico. Hockey players don't have much imagination.
Amongst the other collaborations we have undertaken both on and off the ice, we have gone in together on the tools, space and time to make these kind of tables with three leg options: aluminum, steel and the wood you see here. The wood legs and frame on this one actually is from a pallet that was used to ship the steel. Once we have our own personal dining tables made this month, we will have some more options for clients to have a look at.
The table tops are from Douglas-fir floor joists, 2 inches thick and almost a full 16 inches wide. They used to hold up the floors in the buildings at the corner of Victoria's Pandora Avenue and Fan Tan Alley. We rescued them from the chipper. The demo guys were filling a dumpster when we 'intervened'. I am glad we did. You can get a sense of how big the trees were by imagining how big the circle of growth rings must have been. We sanded these with a belt sander because there's just too much iron hiding in there to think about planing them, and we just love being able to see the marks of the saw that milled them over one hundred years ago. Stay tuned for more details on the leg and top options and how to order.