Reclaiming Antique Lumber #1: Reclaimed Trestle Table

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 04-04-2010 04:49 PM 3102 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve recently landed a huge score of lumber from a demo job we have been doing on an old 1875 post and beam house here in Connecticut. I’ve had my hands full lately in denailing, planning, and truing up stock to make this trestle style table for the wife.

I dug out 5 pieces of 2” thick lumber from the pile, cut the areas out which were loaded with cut nails, and started my freestyle build. I half lapped the boards in order to “stretch” then out to the length i needed (in hindsight i should have tongue and grooved them as suggested by one of the LJers). Jointed them all by hand with an old stanley block plane. Sanded and started the finishing process on the table top.

The table top was finished by wet sanding a medium walnut danish oil with 320 grit creating a paste to close the pores. Then another 2 coats of danish oil. After a week of drying i’ll give it a coat of good paste wax.

Next up was the legs, half lapped “x” style legs which will eventually have a 3” through mortise to accept a stretcher. Here’s a pic of the progress on the legs.

And heres the final shot with one leg “mocked up”.

And not one piece of lumber was used under 100 yeras old!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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