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Project by Mark posted 06-07-2011 03:04 AM 2286 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now lately if you’ve been reading my junk I’ve been talking about recycled lumber hence this project. This project was originally walked on, painted, and pretty weathered. And if you haven’t got the hint from its title it used to be a cedar deck that my uncle tore apart off his property. He originally gave it to my father and I’m not sure why because my ol’ man has no use for it. He couldn’t burn it because it was painted. So he sent it over my way and I thought I’d take a look at using it someway. Then it hit me like a Mac truck. I milled it down using just my table saw and decided to make something rustic with the saw blade marks still on it. In the process I stained it all once, sanded it down so that only the saw marks were still stained and then lightly stained over it again which gave it colour plus the saw detail. And if you notice in my last picture of the top the screw holes were left in there as well. I absolutely love the character. Other than that I finished it with my spray gun and verathane + thinner. It was a very simple project but I love its end result. Now what the heck would you call this kinda piece of furniture? :S

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 06-07-2011 03:14 AM

That is sh*t hot…. I love the way the saw marks give it character… very rustic and well…. just outstanding…. It certainly stands out… well done…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 03:35 AM

thanks 3 finger…makes sense but I don’t have a spot for it…maybe someone else in my fam does?

larry, its not often I get comments from you and knowing it caught your attention to leave one. I’ll take that as a comment alone lol thanx

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 03:42 AM

P.S When I went out to Invermere, British Columbia. I was in a hand made furniture store and I found a really nice rustic desk that was made out of rough pine and it inspired me in this design.

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 03:54 AM

I would call this a great telephone table, if anyone even has a phone that doesn’t fit in their pocket and is actually attached to an outlet :) Nice job Mark

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 03:58 AM

Nice looking table.

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#6 posted 06-07-2011 04:01 AM

lovely lovely top.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 06-07-2011 04:04 AM

this is a great table mark, to me its beautiful, and its the kind of furniture i would have in my house, good save on the timbers, salvaged wood is the best wood to use, ...great job…i like the whole thing…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 06-07-2011 04:28 AM

wow thanks alot everyone….i didnt expect this much attention or appreciation on this project. But I guess that means we all see it in the same perspective as woodworkers. As simple as it is I really love it and am really thinking about building more of these.

Bruce: no kidding eh? I was thinking the exact same thing. Its something I could see in a little nook or corner with a phone and pen n paper etc in the drawer you know?

Grizz: I am absolutely in love with rustic furniture. Problem is my home is a townhouse in the middle of a well polluted city. Rustic doesn’t fit in the picture here.

-- M.K.

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#9 posted 06-07-2011 06:09 AM

Cool family heirloom in the making with a great story.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 06-07-2011 06:25 AM

Awesome for starting with junk!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 06:58 AM

Its really nice. A good solid design & looks great, well done!

-- -"Trying is the first step towards failure!"

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#12 posted 06-07-2011 12:39 PM

The title mad me think you were going to say that it was off an old ship. Could be used as a Quarter Deck workstation while the ship is in dry-dock. Two many years in the shipyard I guess…
Nice work

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#13 posted 06-07-2011 05:22 PM

i wish it was off an old ship…

-- M.K.

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#14 posted 06-07-2011 06:32 PM

It looks great, but by the look of all those saw marks, you need to adjust a few teeth on your blade. I used to use one of those on/off magnets with an adjustable rod. set it for the first tooth then turn the blade and adjust the teeth to match the same position. if it’s a xcut every other then switch sides after. I never had to use a jointer on a freshly cut piece with my tablesaw, that is when I had one.


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#15 posted 06-07-2011 10:06 PM

It looks like it turned out fine, saw marks and all. I like rustic stuff. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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