10 Foot Farm Table with Reclaimed Barn Wood

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Project by MHarper90 posted 07-03-2015 12:59 PM 3879 views 17 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry for the delay since my last post. The Navy keeps me very busy and I don’t have room to create or display any new projects in my apartment. I can’t wait for a house with a garage at my next duty station!

I helped build 3 houses with Habitat for Humanity over the past several months in order to get my weekly dose of sawdust, and at one of the builds I met a new friend and his sons. He has a nice workshop at his house with some of the larger tools like a table saw, drill press, bandsaw, and bench top sander. He asked if I could help him build a project and teach him some stuff about furniture making in exchange for being able to use his shop for some personal projects. (His wife also makes really great supper!)

This is the table he wanted us to build. It’s 10 feet long x 38 inches wide. The legs are made from reclaimed tobacco barn timbers he had in his family, as well as the inner boards on the table top were originally reclaimed from the same barn, but had been milled down to T&G flooring by one of his relatives. There was not enough reclaimed wood for the whole table, so to match the pine boards and save money on new wood, the apron and perimeter boards of the top are standard framing boards from Lowes.

The entire base is made without metal fasteners; just mortise and tenon and walnut pegs. The top had to be screwed together due to the thin flooring boards used and the fact that their tongue and grooves didn’t fit together anymore.

In typical fashion, I organized the design and he helped with the construction, but left the finishing up to him. The whole thing was stained and then finished with a spar urethane. I think it looks great and fits his South Carolina plantation-style porch very well. It will fit way more than 6 chairs, but that’s all he had around from his old patio table.

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#1 posted 07-03-2015 01:09 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 07-03-2015 01:23 PM

Looks great

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#3 posted 07-03-2015 01:38 PM


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#4 posted 07-03-2015 02:26 PM

Thank you for your service sir. That table came out great, looks very sturdy.

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#6 posted 07-07-2015 06:52 PM

That turned out GREAT!

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#7 posted 10-21-2016 10:25 PM

Excellent Job Sir & Thank You for your service. Do you have plans on this table? Thanks

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#8 posted 10-22-2016 01:35 AM

Unfortunately I don’t have anything written down, and in typical Navy fashion, I live a half-dozen states away now. The top is 120” x 38”, and I believe the height was about 31”. The base was made to fit the top dimensions so that the 2×6 picture frame of the top (the center boards were thin tongue and groove) rested entirely on the apron. Since most of the base was reclaimed lumber, all of the dimensions are kind of random, although I believe the apron was made by long 2×6’s and short 2×4’s. The base is also all half lap and mortise and tenon joints with dowel pins and glue to hold it all together. The top frame is rabbeted on the inside edges and biscuit jointed together. The tongue and grooved center boards were screwed into the cross members (which were also screwed in place to the aprons) visible in one of the pictures, and then the screw heads were sunk and plugged with dowel pins. Most of the dimensions were either aesthetically appropriate, or allowed for the most functionality of the table (i.e., the distance the legs are in from the ends to allow for people to comfortably sit at the ends. Sorry I don’t have definite dimensions for you, but hopefully this gives you some insight and will allow you to build your table in similar fashion. Good luck!

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