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Project by Alteredwood posted 551 days ago 2273 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My girlfriend wanted a rustic coffee table, so this is the idea we came up with. I made it from 3 8.5 foot 7×7 barn beams. I pretty much left them just how i got them, just a little hand planing to get them to fit together better and lots of sanding and varnish. It turned out just the way we wanted it to.





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 551 days ago

Great looking table you built.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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The Box Whisperer

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#2 posted 551 days ago

That is awesome! I need to find some barn wood….

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 551 days ago

She said she wanted rustic… did she mention she’d like to be able to MOVE IT once in a while? LOL
That thing looks massively heavy, and I LIKE IT!
Nice job with the beams

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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ldl

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#4 posted 550 days ago

Now that’s my kinda furniture. Wife can’t move it around on you.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 550 days ago

Great work. What did you finish it with?

I am with Joe. That can’t be easy to move.

-- 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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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 550 days ago

Forgot, Welcome to LJ’s

-- 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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skyboy_psu

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#7 posted 550 days ago

Can you post pics of the joinery from the underside? I’m wondering what you used to hold something so heavy together.

I’ve found barn wood on craigslist. Some of it is from people that tear down barns and sell the wood, some is from people looking to give it away.

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canadianchips

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#8 posted 550 days ago

Good reclaiming.
I am guess you will be able to put your feet on that one as well.
I like the heavy look.
Industrial, Rustic and recaliming. Alll ggod uses of materials that people once thought they had to throw away .

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 550 days ago

That’s a nice rustic piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Alteredwood

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#10 posted 550 days ago

Thanks everyone, it is a little heavy but not as bad as you woul think. As far as the joinery I used 1” maple dowels drilled 2” deep into each side and the glued.

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gawthrrw

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#11 posted 550 days ago

I love it!!! So simple yet creative.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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Moron

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#12 posted 550 days ago

Love it.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#13 posted 550 days ago

that’s what I call beefy lookin, I love it

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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Fishinbo

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#14 posted 548 days ago

Rustic and attractive. Love the coffee table. Great recycle of the beams.

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