|Project by MHarper90||posted 07-03-2015 12:59 PM||4160 views||17 times favorited||8 comments|
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.