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Oak Farm Table And Bench From Recycled Church Pews

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Project by BusterB posted 05-27-2015 09:31 PM 2097 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine asked me if I could build him a farm table out of some old oak church pews he had. He is a good guy and I have never asked him for something that he didn’t go above and beyond to help me out. How could I say no…. I couldn’t!!!
He wanted…farm table style with fixed base and slides that would accept two 12” leaf’s. Removable legs, 5’ x 4’ without leafs in place and it needed to match his existing chairs….not too much was it?
I have never build anything like this so most of it was a learn as you go deal.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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CFrye

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#1 posted 05-27-2015 09:48 PM

Well, Buster, you learned well! This is beautiful! How’d you do the crosses? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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BusterB

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#2 posted 05-27-2015 10:07 PM

Thanks Candy!!! They were part of the pew end supports so I cut them out and intergrated them into leaves…I discussed the idea with my buddy and he thought his wife would like it.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 05-27-2015 10:08 PM

Nice work, He will love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 05-27-2015 10:31 PM

Another fine job by BusterB! Well ole boy, you have done whipped up a fantastic table. This thing is beautiful! I’ve done my share of learn as you go, it doesn’t always come out looking this awesome. If they find anything about this project that they don’t care for let me know and I’ll be down and get it. Keep up the great work buddy.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#5 posted 05-27-2015 11:03 PM

Very nice looking work. Be proud my friend.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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BusterB

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#6 posted 05-27-2015 11:51 PM

Ken- Thank you sir.

Jeff- thank you buddy. It took 11 off days to figure it out…mistakes and all….lol. I figured you to be one of those guys (like my brother) who can pick up any tool and use it like a pro and can look at something and just sorta know how it has to be done….anyone who can build a canoe that floats, is a winner in my book!!! You got dibs if he says 1 negative word…lol

Monte- Thank you air. That means a lot coming from a master of the craft such as you!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 05-28-2015 12:28 AM

Great table.your friends gonna love it.you need to teach a class for some of us slow learners!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 05-28-2015 01:45 AM

Hi Buster. Candy took the words right out of my mouth- you learned well right off the bat. Very nice job on that table. Mighty sturdy as a farm table should be!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BusterB

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#9 posted 05-28-2015 03:04 AM

Marty- thank you buddy. A class like that would be wasted for a multi-tallented guy like you. But if ya want, you show me how to fix some of the tools I have broken and I will show you the completely backwards way to do most projects…lol

Jim- Thank you sir. Most of it was a really fun project…the rest, well let’s just say it was a learning experience… Lol I fought table leafs for two days until it finally dawned on me that they would pull up level when I installed the hardware….duh….

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 05-28-2015 07:54 AM

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time on your hands Bubba -(: you need to find yourself a full time job mate.

Good job and blessed be thy table.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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majuvla

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#11 posted 05-28-2015 08:55 AM

That’s why I love this woodworking hobby. You can use wood over and over again and make something new each time. Beautiful table/bench set. It’s good you can used it for more people when you stretch it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 05-28-2015 11:08 AM

Beautiful table. If I ever need to build one, I sure hope my “learning experience” turns out looking like that! If I was your buddy, the leaves would stay in there all the time… the cross inlays really set this table apart. Great eye for detail in spotting those on the end caps and incorporating them. Little things like that are the difference between a really nice table and truly unique piece. I imagine this will become an heirloom in your friend’s family for many generations. Truly admirable work.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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doubleDD

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#13 posted 05-28-2015 12:12 PM

Your persistence looks as if it had its benefits. Excellent work my friend. I guarantee your friend won’t say PEW when he sees it. ha ha. Good job on getting those slides functional.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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BusterB

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#14 posted 05-28-2015 12:19 PM

David- thank you dubba. Seems like every day a request for a new project comes through the door. I have three projects holding so need to figure out how to squeeze in some more shop time…lol

Ivan- thank you sir. If I have mastered anything, it is how to recycle materials…lol

Kenny- thank you sir. They say that the kitchen is the heart of a home so I guess it is an honor to be asked to build something that he plans to gather his family around. Was happy that the idea with the crosses actually worked.

Dave- thank you ole master turner. What to throw in a pun buddy….nice!!!! Those equalizer slides I ordered from Rockler work great. They are designed for a pedestal style table but worked well in my design.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#15 posted 05-28-2015 01:50 PM

Well Buster, I must say that you are a fast learner my friend. You did a fantastic job constructing the table. Your friend has to be happy with the final results.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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