I recently helped Bruce Lanier of Standard Creative on fun project. When Bruce was at Rural Studio, he was part of a team that built a farmers market in the little town of Thomaston. (If you ask Bruce where Thomaston is, he’ll tell you it’s “south of Faunsdale.” It’s safer to just say it’s in West Alabama and it’s not on the way to anything except maybe the beach.) West Alabama is a place I’m very fond of, so I was obviously in when he asked me to lend a hand.
The Rural Heritage Center, about one block north of the market, got a grant for some tables for famers to use. Since the structure is concrete and steel, we fabricated the bases out of angle steel. But the tops are good ol’ cedar rubbed down with raw linseed oil. I’m not sure what raw linseed does vs. the boiled stuff, but Bruce got it from some very serious carpenters and it seemed like the right thing to do. The caveat of the design is that the tables only have 3 legs—we wanted them to not be removable. So the fourth “leg” is horizontal and ties the table into the column.
Through the project I learned how to weld a little bit, and Bruce and I spent many nights (more than we originally planned on) in the MakeBHM wood shop drinking beer and talking about life. It was a good scale for two busy people.