Over the 4th of July long weekend we had our family over to our house to spend the weekend playing games and building tables. To make a long story short, my wife’s family had a barn on their childhood property. The barn blew over when hurricane Ike came through and they wanted to do something with the barn wood to remind them of the great times on the property.
I came up with a design for a shadowbox type sofa/entry table. All the siblings bought into the design and agreed to build four tables together over the 4th weekend (one for each sibling). Here’s the barn wood we grabbed from their family farm:
My brothers-in-law don’t have a lot of building experience, but all are proficient with tools. I milled up some of the boards ahead of time to save time, but we all did a lot of work to make as much progress as possible in a few short days. I won’t bore you with the steps of cutting to length the poplar boards, but here are three of the table frames assembled with pocket hole screws.
The legs are 2×2 poplar that I bought at Lowe’s. I tapered 2 sides using a simple jig I made. The top of the table will be a frame with a routed lip to hold a 1/4” piece of glass. Again, i won’t bore you with pictures of that process, but here is my BIL Ritchie sanding one of the top frames:
The wives “supervising” our hard work:
Here’s my BIL Brent filling some imperfections in the legs:
Here I am showing Ritchie, Daniel, and Brent how to square up the routed lip for the glass that will cover the barn wood:
More to come soon! Thanks for looking.
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