Log table from maple with floating barn board top

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Blog entry by ~Julie~ posted 10-19-2010 12:51 AM 3415 reads 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally decided to use some maple logs that I had kept from when we cleared space for our garage/workshop.

I read books by both Doug Stowe and Daniel Mack about working with logs and bought a tenon cutter from Lee Valley. I found some old 1” thick barn board, complete with bug holes, for the top.

The legs are from logs that are a diameter of 2 1/4” – 2 1/2” and cut at 15” long. I used two horizontal rungs between the side legs. Mine are about 1 3/4” – 1 1/2” diameter and 14” long including the tenons.

Joining the two sets of legs and between the rungs is a 1” diameter cross piece of 27 1/2”.
I’m not sure what to call the pieces but I think it will be obvious from the photos as to what I am referring to.

There are then two short 1” diameter pieces that go vertically from the top rungs and will hold the top in a floating manner.

Here’s another view:

A hole is cut right through the top to receive the tenons of the small pieces. My top is old barn board with a partial live edge.

I used about 4 coats of tung oil over the whole table, which for some reason is hard to take a good photo of!

-- ~Julie~

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 01:04 AM

hey julie..i love the table…very cool the way you lifted it above the legs…very nice design….thanks…grizzman

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 01:05 AM

Nice work, have you ever read any of Dan Mack’s books. He got several books about rustic furniture and they
were very helpful to me when I first started doing rustic furniture.

-- Maine Rustic

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 01:12 AM

Thanks Grizz
Yes maine rustic, as I said I read books by Daniel Mack and Doug Stowe. Doug does the floating tops, I don’t think Dan does.

-- ~Julie~

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 01:15 AM

Sorry for repeat postings I’m on the dreaded dialup and was having major problems.

-- ~Julie~

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 01:18 AM

Sorry again, darn.

-- ~Julie~

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 01:21 AM

Very Nice! My sis loves this kind of furniture!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 10-19-2010 02:34 AM

Very Nice Work Julie. The Floating Top really Makes it!!

Rick (Aurora, Ontario)

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 02:37 AM

What grrrrrrrreat legs you have Julie! lol Your table is awesome, and rustic. very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 03:26 AM

Really slick, Julie. Thank you.


Belton, mo

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#10 posted 10-19-2010 03:40 AM

Very Cool Table.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#11 posted 10-19-2010 04:35 AM

That looks great. Nice selection of wood and execution.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 10-19-2010 01:54 PM

Julie- I love this table! Nice blog too. I have never done the floating top- but I see now what you mean by the wobble on the top. I imagine if you push on one side it leans (or gives) a wee bit to that side because there is no support under the width that extends beyond the tenons. I am curious whether these types of floating tops need to limit width to just beyond the tenons? Let me know if you find any information about this? I also wonder if a through tenon rather than blind tenon would make any difference in eliminating the “give’? (I can’t tell from the photos but maybe you already used through tenons?)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 10-19-2010 02:15 PM

Thank you all. It does look much nicer in person though.

rivergirl – The tenon is a through wedged tenon. The “give” is not enough to cause concern really, I just wondered if there was something different I could do. Next time I would make the vertical floating tenon piece shorter, as mine is about 2 1/2” long PLUS a tenon on each end. The other solution could be cross braces between each set of legs at an angle rather than horizontal.

-- ~Julie~

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