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Project by LoganN posted 08-27-2018 02:22 AM 581 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friends of ours have a house where the barn fell into disrepair and collapsed years before they bought the house. This wood has been sitting outside for the past 10-15 years in direct weather. They brought it to our place a few weeks ago and asked me to make them a table with the wood and some balusters they found at an antique shop.
After hours and hours of planing (plus 2 50 gallon bags of shavings and new sets of planer blades) I got some usable wood! I poured epoxy over the and bottom after jointing and gluing everything up and then scraped the top down. I sanded and filled some of the cracks with black Apoxie (I’ve talked about it before – think play-doh meets 2 part epoxy) to fill in the deeper ones and then sanded. There is a coat of satin lacquer over the top. I designed a base with the same wood – only new wood and screws are in the corner braces and figure 8 cleats. Everything else is old Wood – the picture here is of the bottom of the table and the last picture of the group is the wood before being planed and just afterwards. My kids were in a camp this week so I managed to get this done in 38 hours (36 over 4 days!)





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swirt

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 01:17 PM

Wow That is a great looking table. I like what you did with it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 02:59 PM

Terrific table and a nice rescue too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 08-27-2018 03:59 PM

HUGE MASSIVE table. I like that about a dining table, it says bring on the kids. I don’t think there is a chance of sag between the legs of that brute.

Those balustrades as legs work very well, and on that table they are perfect for the look.

I think my only concern would be the length of the breadboards, and on pine wood, which tends to follow the growth rings. I can see future cupping or dipping being a real possibility. How deeply are they attached to the main table?

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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dannmarks

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#4 posted 08-27-2018 09:55 PM

Where did you get those incredible legs… Sounds funny to ask a guy that question… But well where did you find those. Those are really cool. The whole table is beautiful sir.

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 08-28-2018 03:44 AM

“Friends of ours have a house where the barn fell into disrepair and collapsed. They brought it to our place a few weeks ago and asked me to make them a table with the wood and some balusters they found at an antique shop.”

Was what I got from the text. YMMV.

-- Think safe, be safe

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pottz

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#6 posted 08-28-2018 10:35 PM

just gorgeous,that barn wood has so much character and warmth.it should serve them well for many generations too come.great job logan.

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

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LoganN

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#7 posted 08-31-2018 03:56 PM

Swirt, ralbuck, and pottz – thanks! They were very happy with it!!

Therealsteven – the tenons are 2 inches into the 7.5 inch breadboard. Its very stable. If it cups I would be surprised – these boards are over 150 years old and sat outside for the past 10-15 years and then another month next to dehumidifier in my shop. Most of the warping has happened already and they know that I did the best I could with the condition of the wood (the bad parts are on the bottom). and I have no idea what your second quote was supposed to mean.

dannmarks – Its a perfect question for the context! They found these at an antique store. My worries for them are that they are pine and had some cracks. I stabilized the top ones with super glue and screws so hopefully they will stay stable, but we talked about it if it doens’t and I’ll fix it.

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#8 posted 09-04-2018 04:19 PM

Very impressive!!

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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