Joist Furniture

As part of our house renovations, Amy and I decided to remove part of one floor to create a two story area. This required cutting out a series of hefty joists, roughly 2x12" and 16 feet long. Having clocked up a century of coal dust and Pittsburgh winters, the lumber had developed a wonderful aged patina. There was no way it was going in a landfill! So we went about making several pieces of furniture from it, including a dining table, coffee table and sideboard. As we're not master carpenters, we kept the forms simple and used pipe fittings for legs. The coffee table was built on top of an antique pallet we found on Craigslist.

© Chris Harrison