LumberJocks

Reclaimed barnwood farm table

  • Advertise with us
Project by mc269 posted 05-29-2014 01:44 AM 874 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

5’ farm table made from reclaimed oak barn boards that were local to my area. I disassembled the barn board by board and seeing the finished product always makes all the hard work worth it. After planing, jointing and lots of sanding, the top is simply finished with a high build polyurethane.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks





6 comments so far

View bvfd42's profile

bvfd42

1 post in 423 days


#1 posted 05-30-2014 12:46 AM

Hi Mike,

Nice table!

I’m designing a table like this for the wife. Did you turn the legs yourself or buy them locally?

Thanks!

View Carlos504's profile

Carlos504

3 posts in 802 days


#2 posted 05-30-2014 03:02 AM

Very nice! My question with reclaimed wood is whether the planing and sanding compromises the aged/vintage look of the wood?

Seems like with reclaimed barnwood like this you would want to do less prep than with “new” wood? How do you decide how much prep is necessary?

Thanks.

View JFred's profile

JFred

79 posts in 231 days


#3 posted 05-30-2014 01:17 PM

Very well done

View mc269's profile

mc269

22 posts in 153 days


#4 posted 05-30-2014 01:22 PM

Thanks! I didn’t turn the legs, I bought them. I don’t have a lathe but really like the look of these style legs. I have gotten legs from a local “picker” who has an abundance that he has gotten from old furniture shops.

As far as finishing the barnwood, I try to use the straightest stock available and the less prep, the better. I used the weathered side for the top and most planing is on the bottom side. I do lots of sanding instead of passes through the planer to leave as much character as possible. I usually will do one or 2 very light passes on the top if needed. Here are a few pictures of some projects of mine that may show the top detail a little better. The first is the top of this table before I added poly. I never stain because the wood darkens as soon as the finish is applied. The photos of the second table I sanded only and the countertop had maybe one light pass. This picture will give you a good idea of how much the planer will take off. Check out the saw marks.

Hope this helps! I would like to see a picture of your table when you finish! – Mike

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

View Carlos504's profile

Carlos504

3 posts in 802 days


#5 posted 05-30-2014 03:21 PM

Mike, thanks so much for the detailed answer and for the pictures. Makes sense about the planing on the bottom side.

The grain and saw marks in the pictures are really distinctive and make this such a unique piece..beautiful!

Carlos

View Tooch's profile

Tooch

638 posts in 562 days


#6 posted 07-08-2014 05:43 PM

i reeeaally like the look of the saw marks on those boards.

as far as buying those legs… next time try tofind some old railing supports off of an old deck. i made something really similar here, and it was all free:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/92835

again- congrats on a really nice build !

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase