FROM BOAT HATCH TO TABLE -The Finished Goods
Ooh, Look What I Found!
An antique boat hatch found in my Dad’s garage (a treasure trove of wonderful things), sure looks like it should be a table to me.
The boat hatch is white oak stained a dark color and it’s in pretty good shape. It’s not quite square any more, but my Dad was willing to part with it, so all is good. To top it off, we have a little white oak left over from a trundle bed that Brad built for his parents’ house. Just enough wood for four legs and a border around the edge of the table. Woohoo!
After cleaning off a decade of dust and cobwebs, we were ready to get to work. My first goal was to come up with leg design I liked. I knew I wanted the leg to fit into the corner holes of the boat hatch and I knew I wanted the legs to look a little rounded but sturdy and I wanted them to have a mid-century feel . So Brad made a prototype leg from a scrap of mahogany that he had lying around. Here it is.
I liked the taper and the mortise at the top, which fit very nicely into the hole in the hatch, but I wanted a more rounded leg.
A couple go rounds with the router to see my options. I took photos along the way, so we only had to make one leg but I could compare them. I ended up liking a little rounding, but not too much.
We made a simple edge to border the table and to pull the hatch a little closer to square. The corners were joined with half-lap joints, just like the joints on the boat hatch itself.
Now I’m getting really excited. We knocked off the sharp edges with a little sanding and put a clear coat of poly on the unfinished wood. Then bought a piece of tempered glass for the top, so that my wine glass won’t topple over! VOILA!