So after scraping off the crap, pulling nails, band-sawing large beams,sorting endless board footage, we had wood. All we needed to add was time and expertise.
The time needed came in the form as endless hours of work. The planning, cutting, lugging, hauling, joining, fitting, chiseling, routing, and lest we forget the sanding and painstaking finish process. You get the picture.
Nothing of value comes without time and effort.
Here’s a couple of close up’s of those small touches that make a big difference
The hand shaped beech peg. We used some left over pieces to make a peg similar to those we pulled from the beams.
A close up of the top. note the round peg(sourced from the original beams) and the patched mortised.
Here’s a photo of the edge detail. We saved the original hand hewn sides of the beam when resawing. I don’t care who you are – that’s just cool!
Another shot of the trestle. Note not only the butterfly dovetail, but also the portion of an original mortise (the peg sits on) that were incorporated into the design.
We know the pictures don’t do the finish product the justice it deserves. But that’s OK. A piece like this should be enjoyed in person- up close.
Not such a ‘crappy’ job after all!