Bedside table, from old barn siding

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-06-2013 12:04 AM 1903 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a few pieces of old barn siding in the shop, needing a project to use them in. Wife wanted a small table for beside the bed. Ok, need to find some leg stock. Found a 2×10 maybe twenty inches long. Ripped it into four legs.

and planed all the saw marks away. Stashed them away for awhile. Had some Double Dutch 4” barn siding to mill down. Most were split almost right down the middle, and the few that weren’t were cupped badly. Reduced the wide planks

Down to a bunch of 1×4s and 1×3s. planed off the tongue and grooves on the edges

with a cambered jack plane. After awhile, had enough milled up to glue up a top for the table

Then started working on some more pieces for apron stock. Boards were a bit on the weathered side

But a few handplanes smoothed them right out. Worked on a tenon on one apron, just as a pattern to chop all the leg mortises to. Had a few tools laid out

That big chisel was used like a slick, and pared all the tenons with it. Top was out of the clamps, and cleaned up

So a final size for the base was figured up. Now, about them legs. I use an “open top” mortise for leg joints, as that little square at the top of a leg mortise usually breaks out for me. Got those all chopped out, and then something different for legs.

I used that block plane to round over the outside corner on each leg. Then i took a smooth plane and planed off all marks on the faces of each leg.

Next, some glue and clamps

and set up the miter saw to make some corner blocks

Drill the blocks and glue and screw them in place. Flip the base over, and drive a screw into each corner block’s slotted hole.

Mixed up what was left of the BLO with plenty of poly. Brushed it on the underside first

Edges get done when I flip the table onto it’s feet

Allow to dry, and place beside the bed

And thats how some barn siding became a table. Thanks for looking in..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 12:28 AM

You certainly do knock out some knockout pieces!!!

The question begs to be asked….
“Brace & Bit” or electron killing corded???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 12:39 AM

A $70 H-F drill press. Some things are still powered in the shop….

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