Barnwood top sewing table

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Project by jimmyb posted 07-14-2013 02:48 PM 1662 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have a couple pieces of furniture on consignment with a dealer. While we were talking about antique sewing machines, she mentioned she had a base but no top. I mentioned I just picked up about 150 board feet of barnwood and could make a top. We will then split the sale.

I took a couple shorter boards and ripped 2” off the ends. Wanted the finished edges as banding and the boards were badly cupped. The remaining board width I then joined to a 16.5” width x 36.5” long. In most of the tables I have viewed, they use a 2” timber for the top, but I only had the 3/4” siding. I then glued the siding to a 3/4” plywood (and screwed from bottom). This gave me a nice 1.5” thick table top. I then mitered and glued the 2” edge band and the results make for both a sturdy looking and feeling table.

I then realized I needed to encapsulate the wood from splintering and flaking and the probable flaking of lead paint chips. Well I then tried and love, General Finishes Flat Poly . After some research I learned that poly and varnishes are rated for sheen, somewhat like hotness for peppers. High Gloss, Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin, Matte, Flat and Dead Flat. Since I wanted to seal the wood but not change the character of the wood, I choose the Flat finish (could not get Dead Flat locally, would have to order it). I sure would like to see the results of Dead Flat.

This stuff is great. The pictures are difficult to show the results but the finish is a soft slight sheen that protects the top (water beads) and enhances the grain. Grain seems more pronounced, deeper, with nice shading. It did take 3 coats to get the best results, but worth it. Beware though, at $26 a quart, use it sparingly.

Hope you enjoy the results and I hope it sells :)

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#1 posted 07-16-2013 01:30 PM

Very nice I like the old barn wood look.

-- Todd

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 03:25 PM

Cool table! Very nice distressed and vintage look, interesting piece. I’m sure it sells. Great job!

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