The legs and frame are made from a 2 x 4” winter stick that washed up on our beach some months after Hurricane Sandy. It’s from a boat called “Miss Piggy,” probably a fishing boat. The top is a teak deck-box cover, also flotsam.
A winter stick is a piece of lumber floating in the water that is used to mark the location of a vessel’s mooring when it is hauled out of the water at season’s end. The heavy mooring chain is allowed to lie on the bottom of the anchorage, buried in mud, where it will not rust, and is attached to the winter stick with a piece of light “sacrificial” chain for the winter. Winter sticks are usually a piece of 4 x 4” lumber, four feet long, but can be a 2 x 4” about eight feet long, with a hole drilled in it for the light chain, and the boat’s name or mooring number painted on it or cut into it with a router.