Farm House Style Dining Table From Reclaimed Barn Lumber

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Project by Doug McPherson posted 08-22-2012 01:54 PM 4258 views 17 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a recently completed Farm House Style Dining Table that I commissioned for a customer in the Chicago, Il area. It’s a BIG table, measuring 4’ x 8’ x 32” without the two 16” extension leaves that can be added to each end. With the leaves on, it measures over 10 1/2 ’ long.

Reclaimed hardwood timbers from a local collapsed barn were used as the source wood.

I’ have a blog post about the table that has more pictures at

Some pictures of the build process can be found at a separate post at

Thanks for looking!


-- DullChiselDoug,

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#1 posted 08-22-2012 02:12 PM

Big bad boy. Beautiful work!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-22-2012 02:14 PM

That’s an awesome table. I loved the build pictures on your site.

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 02:33 PM

Nice! Looks very sturdy! No traces that it came from a reclaimed wood.

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 02:38 PM

Camero68- Oh there is evidence of the “reclaimed-ness” all over it. For instance, check out the nail holes in the big, lower stretcher and on the edges/sides of the table top.

-- DullChiselDoug,

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 04:01 PM

Now that’s a big table ! I’m glad I’m not involved in moving it ! I like the safety catches (or whatever they are called) in pix 5.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 04:03 PM

Very cool. Love those columns.

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 04:11 PM

Mighty handsome!

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 06:18 PM

Love the character in the large timbers!
What a sense of family the owners will have when they gather at it each night.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 07:04 PM

Wow, love this tabel. The blog was great too. My wife has been asking me to build one but I have not seen or designed an idea I really like this however is perfect!!!

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 07:50 PM

Yah, those traces are what give it character, without them, it’ll be just another table. I love the ruggedness you gave to it with those massive turned legs – that took some doing! Very well done, Doug. I am not a furniture maker and you’re making me wish I were!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 08:33 PM

great job, love it!

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#12 posted 08-22-2012 10:08 PM

Very nice work.

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#13 posted 08-23-2012 03:57 AM

Pretty impressive.

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#14 posted 08-23-2012 11:48 AM

Awesome table. I don’t know if I would have let it go after it was built. Question, did you apply any type of finish to the table?

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#15 posted 08-23-2012 12:01 PM

I’m also curious about the finish…and this thing must weigh a ton!

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