Reclaimed Oak Dining Table

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Project by StephenSchaad posted 633 days ago 2671 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s reclaimed oak from a tobacco barn in North Carolina. Purchased by a guy who took it apart and brought it down to Jacksonville, FL. He sold the lumber years later to a guy who sold it to me. haha

It’s the hardest oak I’ve ever worked with and I made the huge mistake of trying to plane it down. I ended up selling it at cost but it was worth the lesson I suppose. I still have to sharpen three planer blades!! haha

The legs are made of 6×6 oak from the barn as well.

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#1 posted 633 days ago

Beautiful piece!

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#2 posted 633 days ago

Really beautiful table. Wonderful build.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 633 days ago

Love it. I really like old wood.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#4 posted 633 days ago

That is really beautiful. I would love to find some old wood like that, but I have never been that lucky. Did the wood smell like fresh tobacco by any chance?

-- I've been doing this for years but I am still a newb

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#5 posted 633 days ago

very nice. and lesson learned. love the saw marks one the last pic.

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#6 posted 633 days ago

Beautiful table, I have just taken down a barn of my great great Grandfather’s may be as early as 1860. wanting to do a dining room table for my brother and sister inlaw who sold the property but had salvage rights. Been looking for ideas and this will be added to the list. One 30 foot handhewn oak beam was removed with numerous others. lots of the square nails.

-- LFD3908

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#7 posted 632 days ago

Nice job. The hard work (and the necessary resharpening) was worth it to reveal the grain of that oak.

I do have a question about the last pic… is that of the table with some kind of filler between the boards, or is that the raw boards laying on concrete? Sorry, just being curious.

-- Rick

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#8 posted 631 days ago


The wood smelled like hay which was awesome! I got lucky and found this oak on craigslist.. I think it was from my wanted ad for reclaimed lumber and he responded.

LDF, looking forward to seeing those projects!

Cracknpop, those are the boards before planing and they are leaning up against a stucco house.

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#9 posted 631 days ago

Beautiful wood costs, labor or cash. Nice table.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 629 days ago

Awesome piece. Old wood sometimes teaches us new lessons.

-- Something that goes unnoticed will never be remembered.

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#11 posted 583 days ago

Love this, it looks brilliant.Oak is an excellent wood for dining tables. It is a strong, durable and beautiful material. Oak furniture including an oak dining table can hold up to the demands of daily life or the parties held throughout the year.Thanks.

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