Woodwork with History

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Project by keithk1 posted 10-30-2016 04:30 AM 1277 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I grew up in North Carolina in the middle of cotton mill country. All 4 of my grandparents carved out a life for my Mom, Dad, Aunts, and Uncles working in a cotton mill. In the late 90’s most of the mills closed and were sold off. The new owners started dismantling the mills. The boards were floor boards in one of those mills that were given to me by my uncle. They are heart pine. I found the base at a yard sale the top that was on it was a piece of plywood with 2×4 runners. Thought these boards were more fitting. I glued up 3 boards and attached them to the base. Could not bring myself to stain or poly the top. The stories these boards could tell if they could talk. Thanks for looking.

-- Indecision may or may not be my problem -Keith

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#1 posted 10-30-2016 10:27 AM

Nice combination of metal stand and wooden board, especily when so nice story follow the project.

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#2 posted 10-30-2016 02:13 PM

Always nice to see reclaimed wood used !
Even better when there is a story to go with it.
Nice work with boards and sewing machine legs !

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

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#3 posted 10-30-2016 03:56 PM

Cool project. May I suggest writing down the story of your grandparents and where the boards came from – so that future generations can learn lessons from their past.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 10-30-2016 04:34 PM

Great idea and wonderful family history involved.

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