Harvest Table

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Project by Phil Brown posted 05-24-2007 09:08 PM 1967 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commission from a local antiques boutique in a nearby tourist town. He usually took his truck and fifth wheel trailer down into New York and Pennsylvania to buy antiques and reproductions from select wholesalers. It took me a long time to gain the man’s confidence but he finally gave me an order. A tall one too.

He flipped open a large coffe table book with Canadian heritage furniture, pointed to this table and said “I want that – how much?”

The table has six drawers and I spun the legs on a homemade lathe. The top is 4 booards of local pine air dried for four years. I planed the 2 inch stock down to 1 1/4 inch and made breadboard ends and a skirt to peg it on to the base. I turned the pegs in my drill press.

He actually wanted only 3 boards for the top but I couldn’t get them in the thickness he wanted. There were a number of wormholes in the boards which I filled with an exterior wood filler and drew knots around them. About 20 % of the knots on the top are created. He wanted to custom make his own stain for the top.

The base was rubbed through with lacquer thinner instead of sanding, to reveal the barn red through the black acrylic, since he didn’t want any wood showing. I thought that the table was destined for his store but it ended up replacing the antique tavern table from his dining room.

He also purchased the 150 year old blaket box in the background, a piece I had stripped years of fabric off to reveal 18” pine boards which I restored.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#1 posted 05-25-2007 01:15 AM

Just beautiful, I love the large size of the tabletop to the size of the rest of the
piece, it makes it so inviting to want to sit at it.


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#2 posted 05-25-2007 03:13 AM

Excellent work, Phil..I love the size, too

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#3 posted 05-25-2007 04:24 AM

Excellent piece Phil. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 05-25-2007 05:45 AM

very cool!!! your work is always awesome…if he hasnt gained your “trust’ he is missing out…good work…how long did it take you to make this?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 05-25-2007 06:34 AM

Matt, it took me one week, about 60 hours. I’d like to see how he stained the top, what it looks like now. He was very picky but very knowledgeable about the antiques industry.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#6 posted 05-25-2007 11:38 AM

that’s awesome. Congrats on the commission

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 05-25-2007 04:01 PM

Phil, you’re stuff is great. Thanks for posting another one!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 05-26-2007 04:10 AM

Great looking legs. Got a picture of your homemade lathe?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 05-26-2007 07:03 AM

Mark, do you really want to see it? Its a couple of pieces of scrap wood, an electric drill at one end and a lazy susan bearing at the other. I tossed it in the corner as I was just given a lathe by a couple I helped out recently who were having trouble with their utilities breaking down and need some quick cash to fix the problem. I turned them on to an antiques dealer who came and bought a bunch of the old stuff in their farmhouse. They couldn’t believe what he paid them for their 9 1/2 foot original harvest table and a few other items.

-- Phil Brown, Ontario

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#10 posted 05-26-2007 08:47 PM

Another nice one Phil. Nice work on the legs. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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