Reclaimed table with breadboard ends and matching bench

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Project by LoganN posted 07-29-2017 03:00 AM 2272 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is a trestle style table made with hand hewn barn beams for the legs. The beams came from an 1800’s barn and there were 80-something rings on the wood – these things probably started growing in the 1700’s!! It was really cool working on them. The one piece still had an original portion of a mortise and tenon and from the barn and I was able to save that and keep it as a part of structure of the leg.
The top pieces came from a couple of different sources and had some really cool character. The middle piece still had a line of red paint from the barn it was part of in it. I needed to do some stabilization of some cracks so I used padauk bow times on both the bench and table to bring the pieces together and finished everything with spray lacquer.

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#1 posted 07-29-2017 03:34 AM

That is impressive!
Looks like an ”original antique”!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#2 posted 07-29-2017 02:36 PM

This table and bench is an outstanding group. The wood is beautiful and the pieces have a lot of nice character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-29-2017 06:53 PM

Looks wonderful and sturdy, thank you for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 07-30-2017 02:18 AM

Nice use of the barn joinery on the trestles. :)

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#5 posted 07-30-2017 02:19 AM

Thanks all! I really dig these tables and legs!

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#6 posted 07-30-2017 02:27 AM

Very nice

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 07-30-2017 05:12 AM

Looks great Logan.

Now something that caught my attention

The middle piece still had a line of red paint from the barn it was part of in it.

I took a look at the pictures and I could see what appeared to be a red line of paint. If this is the case be aware that paint from this vintage may well contain lead, (a poison) as the paint was known as “Red lead”.

If this is the case I would recommend removing it. Otherwise if there is any other concern check out how you can get it tested.
Cannot risk the kids or anybody else for that matter getting sick.

Keep up the good work!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 07-31-2017 08:00 PM

wow one of the nicest reclaimed wood tables ive seen here you did an incredible job on this,you really did those old timbers far as the paint i wouldnt worry about it much sounds like you have it well sealed.should last you and your family for a few more generations.this should be a top 3!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 08-02-2017 01:59 PM

The base is an excellent use of the hand cut timbers. So often that is milled away, its nice to see them incorporated.

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#10 posted 08-04-2017 11:18 PM

Thank you all! I am really happy with this and the use of the timbers – its for family friends of ours and I know it will get a lot of great use for many many years! and, I’m not worried about the paint – it is sealed in and won’t be going anywhere!

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