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Project by jeffswildwood posted 07-21-2016 12:47 PM 582 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small porch table I recently built for my Sister in law. Her and my brother in law recently built a new cabin and took down the old one. we don’t know the age or species of wood but it was purchased in the 1980’s and was old then. Bought from an elderly man that was living in it in his 70’s at the time if that is any indication. They had quite a bit of wood that they salvaged from the take down. It was not built from logs but from cut wood planks. They brought me a bunch and asked if I could build some things from the wood for sentimental reasons and I said I would give it a try.

I had to dig through the pile to find good pieces, sometimes a little from this board and a little from that board. I left the wood as is to keep the original look. Assembled mostly with finishing nails counter sunk to hide them and adding some screws for strength. I originally wanted to miter the corners to hide any cuts but with varying thickness and bows I chose not to. In hind sight I wish I had. If you look closely, the original saw marks are visible on several of the boards. They were both thrilled with the finished project and although I thought it would be nice on a porch, they chose to use it inside their new cabin to match their rustic theme.

A fun build and with more wood left over I have some more ideas in the works. Thanks for looking.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".





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majuvla

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#1 posted 07-21-2016 12:56 PM

Realy can’t be more rustic than that. You gave new life to this old wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 07-21-2016 01:30 PM

Nice Jeff. I have some 1/2’’ old fence wood I should use up to make a table. Looks the same. Free wood is the best wood.

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

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#3 posted 07-21-2016 02:02 PM

Nice work Jeff. Great to have something useful and meaningful!

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

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jeffswildwood

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#4 posted 07-21-2016 02:28 PM

Thanks for the comments guys! Ivan, I really enjoyed using this wood. Instead of being burnt it now has new life. Dave, go for it. They do look nice when finished. Ken, they really miss their old cabin. Nice to have a piece of it to remember it by. Thanks for looking everyone.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 07-21-2016 05:54 PM

Miters would look out of place on this, in my opinion. If it’s out in the sun for a few months those fresh cut ends will blend in just fine.

-- Ted

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Ted78

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#6 posted 07-21-2016 05:56 PM

Miters would look out of place on this piece, in my opinion, and probably sloppy to boot, for the reasons you stated. If it’s out in the sun for a few months those fresh cut ends will blend in just fine.

-- Ted

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jeffswildwood

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#7 posted 07-21-2016 07:58 PM

Ted, thanks for looking and the vote of confidence. Maybe I did make the right choice after all! Thanks!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 07-22-2016 01:31 AM

Good job. Re-purposed materials !
Good to see
And these are fun to build.
Spray the fresh cuts with “Vinegar-steel wool solution”
Make the solution, let it sit for 24-48 hours, spray it on or wipe it on and your fresh cuts will look weathered.

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

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#9 posted 07-22-2016 04:13 AM

That is a great looking end of a project.

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#10 posted 07-22-2016 12:41 PM

Thanks for the inspiration. My sister and brother in law also have a cabin. She’s been asking me to make her some rustic furniture from recycled fence board. You did a good job and maintained the character of the wood.

-- No man is an island but some of us like being a peninsula.

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#11 posted 07-22-2016 02:57 PM

Great way to recycle a little bit of History. Nicely done Jeff.

-- 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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