Table from 200 year old re-claimed timber #1: The rough work

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My Dad asked me to make a table for his office where he could work on some computers. His office is in a building that was built in 1880, so it’s got some really cool beams and exposed brick walls. We had torn a building down that was built at the same time and I kept some of the timbers, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to use some of them for this project. Here’s the beam (it’s 12’ long, 12” wide, and about 3” thick):

At some point it had been in a fire

The holes are from joinery used to tie this beam to others.

Most of the timbers used in the buildings are long grain douglas fir. I thought that’s what I had grabbed, but after cleaning it up a little bit with a belt sander and hand plane, I realized that it’s actually red oak. Here’s the beam, cut in half and planed:

It’s a beautiful board. More to come soon. Thanks for looking


-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#1 posted 1221 days ago

Nice find, looking forward to the desk or table. I don’t think I would find much oak used in buildings out here on the left coast. How many more of those beams do you have. Your dad may be needing a chair for that desk,,,

-- Mel,

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 1221 days ago

Look forward to watching the progress


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 1221 days ago

Nice salvage. Looking forward to seeing the finished table.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 1221 days ago

Mel: I’ve got a stack of beams that is probably 7’ tall, 30’ long. More than I’ll ever use building furniture! I’ve never made a chair, but Dad’s already got one:

I’m building the table so he can actually use it!

Here’s a few quick pics of his office:

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#5 posted 1221 days ago

So.. what you’ve shown is that ugly is only skin deep

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 1221 days ago

look forward the more photos

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#7 posted 1221 days ago


Go for it, my man…..That’ll be one nice table when you get ‘er done…..As always, I look forward to your projects, and I’m sure your dad will be thrilled, too….I’ve seen your work, so I know it’ll be beautiful….Be sure to post some good shots when it’s complete….Good score on the timbers…!!!!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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