Reclaimed Wormy American Chestnut Countertop

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Project by mc269 posted 08-01-2014 02:57 PM 1534 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Reclaimed Wormy American Chestnut countertop that I just finished for a small home improvement store in my area. The top measures 4’x6’ and is 1-3/4” thick. I started with rough sawn recaimed 2×4 timbers that came out of an old local farmhouse dating back in the 1800’s. After 3 separate glue-ups, I finished the top off with a coat of tung-oil, followed by a couple coats of poly. The edges were profiled with a drawknife to give it a distinct old age hand hewn finish that compliments all of the worm and nail holes of this beatuiful wood. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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#1 posted 08-02-2014 12:19 AM

Nice salvage of some great looking wood! If it’s going to be used in a retail shop, better put a few more coats of poly on it!!

-- Dean

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#2 posted 08-02-2014 03:41 PM

Beautiful wood. I found a “survivor” chestnut tree near my house last year. It is loaded with ripening chestnuts this summer. I had the American Chestnut Society verify it was a 100% American chestnut. Maybe we will see a comeback of these great trees someday.


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#3 posted 08-04-2014 12:16 PM

Thanks! I ended up with 7 coats of poly so I’m hoping that will withstand the use it receives. This wood is beautiful, I would love to see a comeback. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I run across it now!

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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