Reclaimed AHP Side Table

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Project by Gary posted 1787 days ago 1232 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time ago, I posted about a home near ours which was being taken down for reconstruction.
The owner allowed us to take the old wood and I filled the bed of my pickup three times and had timbers
sticking out the back nearly 7 feet beyond the tailgate.
Good thing I was only driving about 6 miles on a two-lane country backroad.

The wood is Old Growth Heart Pine which was milled locally and used to build Mr. Mixson’s granddad’s home
when he came home from the war—in about 1870. I guess that now makes it Antique heart pine! ;-)

I pulled a bunch of square nails out of a 2” X 6” and some 1”x’s, scraped off the little bit of paint, and milled a
wee bit of the huge load we reclaimed.
The parts having been sitting in my shop for a while taking up space and waiting for me to get back to ‘em.

So, this weekend, while I’m waiting for the finish to dry on the Coffee Table I just completed, I figured it’d be
a good idea to finish the table.

The table is constructed with mortise and tenon joinery for the aprons and legs and the stretchers.
The top is roughly 18” X 20”. It had a check that I was a bit concerned about, so I handcut a butterfly, traced it, and chiseled a match for it to drop into. The bottom of the tabletop has a 15 degree bevel with
a small bevel on the top side.
The shelf is 5 slats with stub tenons floating in a long narrow mortise.

The finish is Waterlox Original, a wiping varnish. The finish really popped the patina and when it cures,
I’ll wax the table and buff it out.

Thanks for looking.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#1 posted 1787 days ago

Great looking table. Nice score on the wood.

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

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#2 posted 1787 days ago

Absolutley love it!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#3 posted 1787 days ago

Great character!

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#4 posted 1787 days ago

Perfect design for the table using the Old Growth Heart Pine. Gives it a very nice look

-- John @

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#5 posted 1787 days ago

Nice work..

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1787 days ago

that’s a beautiful table Gary!
it’s great that you were able to build something so lovely from materials that someone was just going to toss out! Those boards get the joy of additional appreciation thanks to your talents!

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#7 posted 1787 days ago

Very nice use of material. Perfect for the project. Good job.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#8 posted 1786 days ago

Thanks all. Much as I love working with some of the finer woods, using reclaimed AHP
has special value to me. I see others share the sentiment.


-- Gary, Florida.

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#9 posted 1786 days ago

Nice table.

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

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