HEAVY Reclaimed Dining Table and Bench

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Project by Durbs75 posted 10-04-2016 11:39 AM 253 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dining table and bench I made about a year ago. It features a 2 inch thick reclaimed heart pine top with breadboard ends. The natural character was left on the top and was finished with a medium colored custom dye. It was hard to stain the reclaimed top, but that’s what my client wanted. The base is made from 16/4 and 12/4 solid poplar. All of the joinery is mortise and tenon and gluing up the leg systems are almost like a puzzle but it’s worth it because of the strength and integrity they provide!! The color on the bases are a multi step process. I use a country white satin acrylic paint sprayed on. Then I sand and distress the base to give character. Then I apply a dark walnut danish oil to give a nice aged patina. The whole table is then finished with a satin acrylic poly sprayed on. The overall size is 44 inches wide X 96 inches long.

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#1 posted 10-04-2016 12:10 PM

Those top boards are so good looking. Legs set too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-04-2016 01:30 PM

Great looking table.
Combination white distressed base and stain top. VERY GOOD

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

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#3 posted 10-06-2016 01:49 AM

Looks great. Could you give me some details on how the top is attached? I am making a similar table but haven’t figured out the best way to attach the top yet. I’m new so the more details the better.

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#4 posted 10-06-2016 11:53 AM

WARHAWK – Good morning. See the attached photo below. The top is fastened to the legs with “Z” clips I got from Rockler ( There are many ways to attach a table top but this is how I did this particular table. The “Z” clips are shown in the red circles. The arrows indicate lag bolts inside of recessed holes in the top stretcher. These holes are in the middle of the table so they don’t need elongated holes to allow for movement. However, the Z clip slots are routed wider to allow the top to move with the seasons. Before the dawn of manufactured hardware, woodworkers back in the day (and today as well) made wooden buttons to secure the top (Google “table top wood buttons”). Still the same concept and methods of attachment, but add a classic period style look!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#5 posted 10-06-2016 10:05 PM

Thanks for the additional info. Very helpful.

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