New dining table

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Project by JoeinGa posted 01-04-2013 08:31 PM 3797 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 2 years ago someone gave me some 100 year old barnwood they got when her uncle died. She had been storing it for almost 10 years and they finally realized her husband wasnt going to ever do anything with it so she offered it to me. This old oak still had the saw marks from when it was originally cut and sawmilled on site in North Florida. I immediately saw the chance to build a new table for us from this oak.

We had been using a dining table that I had “remodeled” back in the mid- 80’s. We had bought it as a close-out at Sears because they had been using it as a display. It had a bunch of staples in it and several screwholes on each leg. I think we only paid like $25 for it. It was a big ol pine table with 2 leafs and at fully open it would seat about 12 folks comfortably. And Lordy , it is the HEAVIEST table I’ve ever had to move!

The pic’s above show the underside when I first got it clamped up. The barnwood was different thicknesses and widths and all total I didnt have enough to get the table as wide as I wanted. So I put some maple strips between each board and in the center there’s a piece of “new” oak.

The 2nd pic shows the 1”X2” maple spacers. From that you can see the old barnwood is almost an inch thick.

In the 3rd pic you can see how I wanted to leave one side of the wood as natural as possible. I basically just scrapped off any of the old loose paint and gave it a very light pass with the sander. The I brushed on about 10 coats of poly to pretty much seal up the underside. That way if you’re sitting at the table and run your hand underneath, you can feel the original wood without shredding your fingers.

The 4th pic shows when I was re-furbing the original legs and frame to fit the new table.

The 5th pic is the color I painted the legs and frame. It matches one wall of our dining room.


I used a belt sander to start with but I didnt get a pic of that. So here’s when I was about 1/2 way thru with the ROS.

I screwed the end pieces of maple on and used Minwax filler in a slightly darker color so they’d stand out a bit.

Here’s the first swipe with the Tung oil. I LOVE this stuff. It REALLY makes the contrasting colors show up.

I had a bit of a warp in it that I didnt find till final assembly. So a couple pieces of angle iron painted and screwed to the underside fixed that little issue. No one will ever see it! :-)

Here’s the finished product. The top is 38” X 54”

That old table from Sears that I mentioned. Here’s a pic of one section of it. When we got it, it was solid pine. We went to a flooring store and bought some decorative tiles. I spent the better part of 3 days routing out each of the four sections of table and inlaid the tiles. (I also burned up 2 of the big Sears routers doing the job. The first one they replaced at N/C, but they made me buy the 2nd replacement. The manager said he didnt believe I could have gotten 2 bad units back-to-back, sine it was only one day after I bought the original. So what could I do? I was only about 3/4 of the way through routing out the table, So I paid for the 2nd replacement :-(

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 08:49 PM

Hah, just a tiny bit of an upgrade in tables there! Great work.

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 08:49 PM

Very creative good work Joe

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 09:10 PM

I love when someone repurposes like this. I have a lot of old barn wood in my collection, I make guitars out of it. This table came out wonderful, and I am really glad you decided to put in the maple strips. It makes the barn wood pop even more. Way to go!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 09:41 PM

great looking table,great use of the maple to get your desired length.did you use anything on top of the tung oil?

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 10:15 PM

Beautiful! I love the contrast of the combination of woods. Besides they do much more pleasant for people who are different from us and does not give value to the wood itself. The colors will attract attention.
Excellent job!.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 10:46 PM

Thats top shelf…..very nice work Joe.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 11:16 PM

Very nice job Joe. I really like the contrast in woods.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#8 posted 01-05-2013 12:48 AM

Do you think the screws in the angle iron and the end pieces will cause the top to split when the it expands and contracts with changes in the ambient humidity?

-- Art

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#9 posted 01-05-2013 12:49 AM

Nice job, Joe… Love the contrast in woods… That should last many years and become a family heirloom…

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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#10 posted 01-05-2013 05:32 AM

Very beautiful. Thanks for the in process shots. We don’t get enough of them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 01-05-2013 05:52 AM

Out with the old and in with the new old, great job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 01-11-2013 07:44 PM

Just saw this Joe,
Turned out very Neat, Nice looking Top!!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#13 posted 01-22-2013 01:50 PM

I built my grandsons some desks about 5 years ago out of construction pine. After I assembled them the sides warped and I did something similar to your end boards. I’m surprised they have not split yet. I look every once in a while when I go over to their house but so far.. Nice job on the table.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#14 posted 04-12-2013 10:10 AM

I’m impressed! it’s really cool.The dining table should reflect you and your taste. A perfect dining table is a centrepiece of your entire dining or living room and as such it sets the room’s style or look.

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#15 posted 06-15-2014 12:34 PM

Joe thanks for the comments on the Rocking Horse, I love your table! Great idea with the accent strips

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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