Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island with Walnut countertop

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Project by mc269 posted 01-27-2015 03:28 PM 3403 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest project I have been working on. We are in the process of building our new house and this is the centerpiece of our kitchen. This Island is made from reclaimed oak and American chestnut that I have taken out of an old house in the picture above. I used 5/8” wall paneling out of the old house to create a board and batten front for the island to give it that old barn look. Taking care to leave all of the old sawmarks visible, I skipped the planer and went for the sander. Lots of sanding and then it was simply finished with polyurethane.
The top was made from 10/4 rough sawn walnut lumber that I picked up from someone who had this laying in a pile under an old shed. It was in his way and he was planning on burning it for firewood!! The old weathered wood was absolutely beautiful underneath. (I’m still in shock that this was almost burned for firewood) After several glue-ups the top was finished with Waterlox original sealer.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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Marty 529

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 04:15 PM

Nice salvaging of wood. Both the old house and the wood pile. The island looks great :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#2 posted 01-28-2015 01:31 AM

Great use of the reclaimed wood and the island turned out very nice!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 01-29-2015 01:41 AM

Super nice project, I use Waterlox products too.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#4 posted 01-29-2015 01:14 PM

Thanks! I really like building with old wood and this was my first build using waterlox. Really like the way it brings out the grain and gives a really nice finish.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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