harvest table

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Project by Julian posted 10-01-2008 04:55 PM 3004 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another project that I have built for my father in law. It’s an 8’ long harvest table that has an 1 3/4 top built from old floorboards from a 200 year old cattle barn. The legs, skirt, and drawers are built from reclaimed pine as well, but weren’t nearly as old, so I had to tint the finishe to attempt to make them match the patina of the top. I know purists be damned, but I did plane the surface just a bit to smooth out the hoof marks. This table sees much use in a cabin in Northern Wisconsin, and needed to be easy to clean. I did leave the bottom untouched, so that one day, if desired, the top could be flipped over, and the real patina and wear could be displayed.

The legs have ebony plugs that are pegged through the tennons on the skirts, ensuring a lifetime(or two) of use.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 10-01-2008 05:35 PM

That table looks heavyduty. I always enjoy a piece of furniture that reuses old materials. I built a desk of similar design, however, the wood isn’t from a 200 year old barn. You should take a look at it.

Well done.

-- Do something nice for somebody

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#2 posted 10-01-2008 06:07 PM

Great looking piece, and a good use of reclaimed lumber.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-01-2008 07:03 PM

Very nice job, Julian. Nice details and sturdy simple design. Large tables are always nice to have.
Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 10-01-2008 08:18 PM

Great looking table, love the ebony pegs with that old lumber and finish color. Excellent job.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#5 posted 10-01-2008 08:26 PM

very good looking table, do you have a pic of the top? from what I can see the grain is stunning.

-- F.Little

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#6 posted 10-01-2008 08:41 PM

Here’s the only picture I have showing the top.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#7 posted 10-02-2008 03:05 AM

you have done a very fine job and the top is great. looks like it will last many generations.

-- F.Little

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#8 posted 10-02-2008 03:30 AM

Hey great job , Julian , and now that you planed the top , it looks clean enough to eat off of !!! LOL Beautiful table .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 10-02-2008 04:53 AM

Great job Julian. Your father in law should be pleased. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 10-06-2008 11:17 PM

Very nice, thanks for sharing this table with us. 1 3/4 top, that is nice!!

I hope to build one like this soon.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#11 posted 01-12-2009 03:42 PM

great looking table…..hope to do one myself someday…...

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#12 posted 04-26-2009 05:17 PM

That’s a beautiful heirloom piece for sure! It would be interesting to see the underside of the table or unfinished lumber photos to compare. Very nice!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 12-04-2009 04:49 PM

now thats a good looking table!

-- I was going for that distressed look

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#14 posted 12-04-2009 05:04 PM

Beautiful heirloom table.

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#15 posted 03-18-2010 11:37 PM

Outstanding, reclaimig such beatifull wood is a blessing. I always reclaim wood when posible. This master peice is a keeper. Great idea with the drawer. Congratulations on you master peice.

-- Artesano

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