I need advice & suggestions. I have about a dozen pieces of 200 year old heart of pine beams and I want to do something super interesting and fantastically tasteful with them. But, I’m just not sure what. These pieces were removed from the old lean-to section of the house during the renovation. Of course, we refused to let the contractor trash them. They are generally between 8 and 12 feet in length. They range in thickness from 4 to 6 inches and are between 2 and 4 inches wide.
I thought about an outdoor table for The Courtyard. I found a guy in Atlanta who does incredible pieces out of wood and metal. He especially likes to work with older wood. He can fabricate the pieces into a tabletop and make a mega metal base if I design it for him. Also, he can coat the table top in a clear composite material to weatherproof it. This would give it a finish similar to a surfboard. A high gloss coating would certainly not be my first choice to do on this old heart pine, but I think long term it would have to have some type of finish to protect it from the elements.
I just don’t know enough about how these pieces would stand up outside with no finish. They’re hard as rock and weigh a ton. Basically they’re like old barn wood beams.
The bigger issue is probably is getting them to his studio. That would be a problem! C has a truck, but it’s one of those cha cha gourmet trucks, the kind that normally is used to pull your yacht and it has a short bed. My beam stash would stick out the back of it about a half a mile, so I don’t see myself hauling it 70 miles to Atlanta.
I could probably find someone locally who could cut or plane them, but I’d have to be very specific with instructions. Otherwise, I could end up with a couple barrel chairs or a picnic table ala state park.
So, if you have any ideas on how to make the table work or other ideas on what to do with these please share.