Let’s find out what interesting furniture for a summer residence you can create with your own hands from natural materials.
What do you associate with the phrase “country furniture”? Unfortunately, in many of our summer cottages, furniture is selected based on a residual characteristic: everything that is useless in a city apartment. But the dacha is a special world that requires a special interior that creates an atmosphere of unhurried, relaxed rest.
Country furniture do it yourself
- Slabs, cuts, unedged board
- Ideas for inspiration
And, by the way, the dacha is also a great place for experiments, including making country furniture with your own hands. In this article I will consider furniture for a summer residence made of wood materials, which are very common in a suburban area – from logs and wood cuts.
Slabs, cuts, unedged board
Wood, like any natural material, has a unique surface pattern. And it is not at all necessary that it was valuable wood. Ordinary pine, with proper processing, also looks very presentable.
In the wake of interest in environmental friendliness and ethnic styles in the interior, items made from wood cuts or slabs have become popular today. The fashion trend was immediately picked up by manufacturers, offering products from exotic wood. What is the difference between a saw cut and a slab?
Slab (or slab) comes from the English “slab”, translated as “plate”, “thick plate”. Most often, a slab is called a thick longitudinal cut of a tree, and also thick, but transverse – just a saw cut.
For the manufacture of original furniture, both longitudinal and transverse cuts are suitable. How, then, is a slab different from a simple unedged board? In general, nothing, except that the edged board is one of the types of lumber used for construction, mainly roughing, work, and slabs are intended for decorative purposes.
Therefore, thick logs are used for their manufacture so that the wooden plate is as wide as possible. And all sorts of wood defects, such as burrs, curliness, internal cavities, which deteriorate the quality and grade of an ordinary board, on the contrary, increase the value of a slab made of wood. The more interesting the wood grain on the cut, the greater the decorative effect.
Slabs, in contrast to a building board with natural moisture, are subjected to chamber drying. The edges of the slab are additionally trimmed, or a natural “live” edge can be left on it, debarked or with preservation of the bark.
Wide and thick slabs of exotic wood cost a lot. But look how beautiful a cut of an apple or pear tree is left after removing an old tree in the garden. When clearing the area of old trees, do not rush to get rid of the trunks: maybe they hide a stylish garden bench or other piece of country furniture.
Ideas for inspiration
Natural wood is attractive for its texture, uniqueness of the tree ring pattern, warm natural shades. And large-format slabs of wood or large cross-cut cuts usually amaze the imagination with their natural energy, visually demonstrated by the whimsical pattern of texture and impressive dimensions.
Therefore, in my opinion, there is no need for any additional decorative processing of the product using these materials: an intricate carving or a complex pretentious shape will compete with the natural beauty of the material. There is little to gain from this struggle on either side. In my opinion, wood slabs or cuts are most suitable for modern furniture in the spirit of minimalism.
This slab ash dining table successfully combines the natural beauty of wood with modern materials like glass and metal.
The same combination, based on the opposition of natural and artificial, smooth metal and the brutal unevenness of oak boards, forms the basis of the stylish solution from the designers of the Anand Gowda Design carpentry workshop.
This approach to design makes it easy for non-professional craftsmen to make such stylish furniture. The underframe or legs of the bench can be made from a regular metal square tube by yourself or ordered according to drawings. And even if you do not own a welding machine, you can pick up ready-made furniture supports that match the design of the idea.
Or you can not do the legs at all and limit yourself only to glass and sawing a tree. The result is an original piece of furniture, similar to the coffee table in the photo above.
Cross cuts are no less interesting as a material for making furniture yourself.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a saw cut from a tree of such a large diameter. Using very small trunks and branches, you can type a panel that will be used as a table top. The parts are glued to the base, and the gaps between the individual elements are filled with epoxy-based glue.
Thick and wide boards and cross cuts are used not only for the manufacture of tabletops or benches. These can be bed heads, cabinet details, or just decorative panels.
Another interesting and much more common material is ordinary logs or even thick, unbroken chunks.
Lumber blocks can become supports for a bench or a garden table, a preparation of chairs for a recreation area. Or an independent piece of interior or exterior – a stool, table, just a decorative thing.
Korean designer Lee Jaehyo creates original compositions – a synthesis of furniture and art objects. One of his favorite materials is logs.
Logs can be used as a decoration in more traditional forms of furniture. Such a chest of drawers will fit into the interior of a country house in the so-called hunter style (hunting), and into the living room of a city apartment. This kind of furniture – rude, but solid – is indispensable in the design of a rustic or ethnic interior.
In the same spirit, the rest of the design of the house can be solved, including structural elements: beams, stairs, etc.
If this style is close to you, or you prefer unusual furniture solutions, try creating a similar item yourself. Get the double benefit of stylish designer furniture and the pleasure of creativity. published by econet.ru
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