Colorado Barnwood Farm Table reclaimed Doug Fir

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Project by LightfootLtd posted 05-18-2012 03:08 AM 7392 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood came from a 100+ year old barn in La Salle, CO. It is tight grained Doug Fir hand planed on the top and rough on the base. Everything was scraped and soaked with danish oil. The top is waxed.


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#1 posted 05-18-2012 03:51 AM

Very nice looking. Good work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 02:09 PM

I would like to know more about how you put the frame together around the top and how the top is attached to the skirt and legs. I would love to sit at that table to start and end every day.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 05:26 PM

Yes more details please. That’s a great looking farm table and the use of the old wood is fantastic. I’m designing my own farm table now and will be using nearly 100 yr old dougfir from an old schoolhouse. Curious to see if the top is just glued up, or if you used dowels/biscuits or some other joinery.

A pic of the apron and leg setup would be appreciated. I’m guessing the aprons/legs are mortise/tenon but it looks like there is piece of trim on the botom of the apron? Or is there a gap there?

Just saw some of your other table projects and noticed the endgrain table used no nails/screws. Is this something you do with all your tables? I love the concept but try to design my own so it still comes apart; at least the top.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#4 posted 05-18-2012 11:32 PM

Thanks for the complements, but this table is really nothing fancy. I love to use the interlocking joinery where I can, but it is really too time consuming to do on every table. The average person buying my tables does not care if it has screws or not and it just doesn’t pay to put the extra time into it. The only boards I had to work with on this were 2×10x10ft. If you look at the corners you can see how the top is put together. I cut the “frame” with 45* miters, and filled it in with the five boards. Each edge, except for the outter edges, got a 1/2”x1/2” dato. I cut a bunch of 1”x1/2” splines, glued them in and clamped it all up. The skirt is a simple box with mitred corners pocket screwed to the top. The legs are 2”x4” pieces with a mitre joint at the outter corners of the table to hide the cut. They screw to the skirt from the back. The piece of trim around the skirt is a rip off the edge of a board that had flat nails holding down flooring. The nails are gone but i thought the hole pattern looked cool, and it bridges the legs nicely.


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#5 posted 05-25-2012 05:05 PM

Excellent. Love the dado/spline concept and may go that route myself. The danish oil treatment is something to experiment with as well. You did a heck of a job and I understand the need for practical joinery. If it gets the job done, then the job gets done.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#6 posted 06-16-2012 03:21 AM

You wouldn’t happen to know if guy in Naples, FL. could get some of that wood shiped to him?

-- Sptfish, Naples, Florida,

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#7 posted 12-18-2012 10:58 PM

A beautiful piece indeed! I love how the legs and framework is such a dark finish & the tops lighter, enhancing the knots and grain. You did a wonderful job on the edges and the wax sure does give it a very soft look for such a solid piece of furniture. Great job.

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