Reclaimed douglas fir Table

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Project by CalgaryGeoff posted 1057 days ago 2160 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was built from reclaimed Douglas fir beams from an old torn down grain elevator up here in Alberta, Canada. The beams were massive 20”x20” by 18 feet. Luckily when I showed up, to pick them up, a portable saw mill was on-site and cut them into manageable sizes for me, however, the pieces were still very rough and needed to be planed and jointed, etc, etc to turn them into a table. Nails were in some pieces but very easy to see due to their size 6” long.

This was a rushed project, made in record time (under 2 weeks) and went out with wet glue and unassembled. Client had to take it cross country by car and needed it IKEA packaged for on-site assembly.

All joinery on the table is mortise and tennon to facilitate easy assembly. Draw fronts are book matched fir with some type of red trim wood. Drawers and everything else were all made one cut at a time.

Table size is 16” deep, 48” wide and 38” tall and finished with a Pecan stain.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#1 posted 1057 days ago

Wow, that’s a nice looking table! way to reclaim some nice wood….

-- Plank says: "If you're a little board, might as well get hammered!"

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#2 posted 1057 days ago

Nice table. A project is always more special when constructed from recycled lumber

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#3 posted 1056 days ago

Awsome Job! I really like it alot, how did you make the grooves?

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#4 posted 1056 days ago

very nice !

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#5 posted 1056 days ago

Your rush jobs look nicer than my “extended” projects.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 1056 days ago

Thanks everyone.

The groves on the legs were made with a router. The small groves were made with a hand held plunge router and decorative bit and a secondary base with an edge guide to position the cuts. The corner cuts were made on a router table with a big cove bit and some table stops.


-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#7 posted 1046 days ago

Nice table, I like the leg details.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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