|Project by JoeinGa||posted 01-04-2013 08:31 PM||2675 views||2 times favorited||18 comments|
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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