Rustic coffee table made from 1800's barn lumber

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Project by FancyShoes posted 03-20-2016 09:09 PM 1133 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up some lumber that came off the barn at my uncles sister inlaws barn. Cut it up and put this together, the legs is a very close grain douglas fir, the top is something hardwood, not entirely sure, the apron is reclaimed redwood, picked it up at a auction last year. I almost used black pipe to put it all together, then remembered I had the redwood.

Im going to stain the legs and top white.. The redwood leaving natural and just clear it when I clear the rest. I hand chiseled the mortises, it was a sucky job! Need a power mortiser, this wood split easily.

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#1 posted 03-21-2016 09:44 AM

I admire you are able to find such old boards.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-21-2016 03:10 PM

So you dont like the design? Just admire that I got som barn wood from family!

I know its plain, and simple, I really want to get more creative than squared furniture. But I have to learn the basics before I jump into overwhelming ideas. If there is anything I can do to make this more interesting, or better, I am all for the suggestions. Help make me a better lumberjock!

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#3 posted 03-21-2016 07:58 PM

FancyShoes, I’m glad that you are trying to better your craft, One tip I might give you is this:
As you look at your mortise you see an awful lot of torn and shredded wood fibers indicating that your chisel wasn’t very sharp.
There are lots of tutorials on U-Tube, Paul Sellers has a great one on sharpening plane irons and chisels among other tutorials.
Doug fir is a relatively soft wood and you should be able to carve it like with a razor.
I sharpen my tools in 6 steps to a 6000 grit, and some in a couple more steps to a 12000 grit and I can shave with them.
Sharp tools will make it so much easier to make nice clean cuts. And you won’t have to beat them out with a hammer.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 03:19 PM

I am very happy to see things built from repurposed lumber.
Unforntunately some old lumber is very dry. Cracking and splitting happens a lot.
Some lumber needs to be pre-drilled just to get a nail in and not split.
Sharp tools is a must. (Although you are going to hit the occasional nail. Ones that broke off while pulling them)
Keep building.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#5 posted 03-22-2016 04:40 PM

Rustic rules! Nice work!

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