|Project by Sunstealer73||posted 07-21-2014 03:33 AM||1277 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
This is a side table that I made out of some old chestnut barn wood. This barn was on my family’s property and torn down several years ago when the land was sold to a developer. My dad sawed off several of the nicest boards before it was torn down. I wish we had gotten them all. The wood is chestnut and was sawed prior to the blight hitting the area. The barn did use steel nails though, so I am estimating the construction at around 1900. Some of the boards were 16” wide, very straight and clear. The last picture shows some of the cutoffs prior to planing. The cutoffs will be used for some picture frames to ensure I get as much use as possible out of this wood.
This is only my second time doing mortise and tenon joinery. The first was the toy box in my projects. I used a dado stack instead of tenon jig and was much happier with that technique. Since there were no boards thicker than about 13/16”, I had to face glue the pieces for the legs. The board I used for the top had a bad split, but the split was completely straight. I ripped directly through the split on the table saw and then glued it back up.
For finish, I used three coats of shellac, sanded with 320, and then a single coat of Sherwin Williams alkyd satin oil varnish. It looks great and lets the beauty of the weathered wood shine through. The stripe across the top was caused by the z-shaped batten since that board was part of a door. I left it along with all the nail holes and imperfections.