Reclaimed Oak Dining Table

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Project by StephenSchaad posted 11-25-2012 02:09 AM 7023 views 5 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 11-25-2012 02:23 AM

Beautiful piece!

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 03:10 AM

Really beautiful table. Wonderful build.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-25-2012 03:19 AM

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 11-25-2012 06:30 AM

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 11-25-2012 11:25 AM

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

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#6 posted 11-25-2012 03:23 PM

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.

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#7 posted 11-26-2012 02:54 AM

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 - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 04:18 AM


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 11-27-2012 01:26 PM

Beautiful wood costs, labor or cash. Nice table.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 11-29-2012 12:41 AM

Awesome piece. Old wood sometimes teaches us new lessons.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#11 posted 01-14-2013 10:47 AM

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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