Barnwood Dining Table and Bench

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Project by RockyBlue posted 01-25-2013 05:21 PM 6603 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was challenging to build with the wood I was provided. Most of the boards were twisted and I couldn’t cut the top to flatten it. So I jointed and planed the bottoms to make them all the same thickness. I joined them all together with pocket holes on the bottom which worked great. Gluing old barnwood is not a good idea since they can move differently over the seasons. Not a big problem in Colorado, but I felt better using screws. If I had nice stright boards, I would build many of these tables, they have a nice warm look to them. I finished the top with wax. The tapered legs are pine stained to match. The little bench was upholstered by the client. The chairs she bought match the color well.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 05:30 PM

Like it a lot! Like that centerpiece she has too !

Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 05:38 PM

Great table. I think finishing rustic wood is the biggest challenge. You want it fairly smooth, yet without removing that great character. Wax is a good idea.

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

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 05:39 PM

yep using old barn wood and wanting to keep the saw marks is a challenge, but you handled it really well and it does look like an old table from days gone by..always nice to see your work…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 06:06 PM

Old wood is always a challenge. Great job making it beautiful.

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

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#5 posted 01-25-2013 06:23 PM

Great job! You met the challenge and then some.

-- Paul, St Louis, MO,

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 06:32 PM

A real rustic delight,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 07:31 PM

I love that rustic look! Good choice with the wax, so as to let the natural character of the wood show.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 07:33 PM

How long does the wood dry before use? Have an enginer friend who built a large confrence table for the company’s meeting room. Said it expands and contracts quit a bit.

Charles niel demonstrated a jig to use with a surface planer, but you might loose some dimension from the pieces.

Keep them coming!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 07:41 PM

Suposedly the wood was 80-100 years old, so it was very dry. I’ll check out the jig, thanks Doc!

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 09:25 PM

beautiful table,you did an excellent job.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 10:12 PM

Wonderful table with lots of character. Great choice of fabric for the bench. Awesome dining set up!


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#12 posted 01-25-2013 10:24 PM

Looks good, you did a great job.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#13 posted 01-25-2013 10:25 PM

That looks great! I’m actually working on a similar project for my boss right now.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#14 posted 01-26-2013 02:36 AM

Great job on that table, taking off just enough of the roughness to get rid of splinters and slivers, and still
keep the good looking patina of age is an art of its own. The table and its finish are wonderful. Thank you
for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 78 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 01-26-2013 06:49 AM

great job on the table. but did you joint the edges before screwing together?

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