Reborn Mersman Table

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Project by bandit571 posted 477 days ago 854 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found an old Mersman Coffee table sitting on a trash pile. Top was in layers, and bug-filled. Legs looked good, hardware was quite rusty. Two aprons were still in one piece. I used the aprons as patterns for new ones in Black Walnut. A new top was made up out of three walnut boards, cut from the same 90” long plank. Legs were reused, after I chopped mortises in them. Tenons on the new aprons. two coat of a BLO/Poly blend.

A router made the edge treatment of a simple cove. an old Sabresaw, B&D from the 70s, made the curved cuts in the aprons, and the top’s ends. Not too bad for a “Trashed Table”????

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 477 days ago

I’m glad you posted this project here. I’ve seen it on LJs in other places but it belongs here. You did a nice job with reusing the legs and the pattern of the apron. The walnut grain is awesome. The table had seen better days, but happy days are here again! Congrats on the save.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 477 days ago

Yes, I saw this one before as a blog type entry a day or so ago. Again SUPER SAVE! Very nicely done.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 477 days ago

I’ve been following your “rescue” of this table. It turned out excellent.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 477 days ago

Nice work Bandit.

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#5 posted 477 days ago

Great job Bandit!
I enjoy following your progress on your blogs. Keep up the good, err great work!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 476 days ago

Hmmm, I still have one chunk of that walnut to use up. About 30” long, too.

Thanks for looking in on this little table. Wife has already “Table-napped” it. Seemed to think it is her own table.

On the hunt for a few more boards…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 476 days ago

Nice Save !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#8 posted 475 days ago

Great save and repair of the beautiful table! It will get plenty of use and will last for more years. Well done!

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