Conference Table

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Project by Proclamator posted 09-25-2007 10:16 PM 3474 views 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 10’ conference table made out of a gym floor that was removed from a school that was over 40 years old. The main wood is maple, stripped, milled, and cut to size. The black part is White Ash dyed with India Ink. The table top is made in two 5’ sections connected together. The second picture shows how the wood began.

-- Dave Idaho

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#1 posted 09-25-2007 10:18 PM

Very nice. Great use of reclamed wood.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-25-2007 10:23 PM

Love it. Nice job. Makes me want to break out the old round ball and dribble it on the table. Alas, I am too old to even get up on a table that tall. Keep up the good work.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 09-25-2007 10:26 PM

Wow, it’s hard to imagine that that pile of wood could become that beautiful table. Real nice work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 09-25-2007 10:33 PM

Now that is some table!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful use of reclaimed wood… Very nice indeed…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 09-25-2007 10:41 PM

That pile of wood illustrates the old saying that says, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” You’ve turned a pile of “refuse” into something that can be used and enjoyed for many years.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 09-25-2007 10:52 PM

That table goes way beyond recycling.

I think you have proved that you can make a silk purse from a sow’s ear!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-25-2007 10:53 PM

Outstanding table. That had to be a labor of love – certainly not a weekend project. The end result was worth it though – the table is beautiful.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Thos. Angle

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#8 posted 09-25-2007 11:12 PM

Good use for an old gym floor. Looks really well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#9 posted 09-26-2007 01:19 AM

Wow. Great table design. and top design. the shape in the middel is neet.

-- bryano

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#10 posted 09-26-2007 01:38 AM

I am a carpenter/cabinet maker for the local school district.
My supervisor wanted something to recognize the school the floor came out of.
He said we needed a conference table 3’x10’ and asked me if it could be done.
I was given freedom of design, a well equipped shop to work out of, and the time
I needed to do the project. Stock preparation was the most time consuming part.
Stripping the planks was first, then ripping both edges off to get rid of thr embedded grit. Next planing both sides, cutting all planks to the same width, back to the planer to get them all to the same thickness. The legs are also maple cut to form a hexagon. all of this just to get the wood to build the table, it was worth it.

-- Dave Idaho

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#11 posted 09-26-2007 02:26 AM

excellent stuff!!! all your work is really amazing!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 09-26-2007 03:12 AM

Never ceases to amaze me the projects that get posted on this site. I love the diagonal design and the black trim really sets it off. Great imagination with the design and even greater patience and skill bringing this idea to life. If you are a carpenter you have truly found your lot in life.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#13 posted 09-26-2007 04:03 AM

Great work. What wood did you use for the accent pinstripe down the center. It really add character to the table.

-- Rick - Spring, TX

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Dan Pleska

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#14 posted 09-26-2007 04:13 AM

Great looking table! I love the idea of using the reclaimed gym floor.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#15 posted 09-26-2007 12:16 PM

Awesome table! I’m trying to picture the final glue-up; that must have been something to see! I would have liked to been a fly on the wall.

-- Robb

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