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Lately I have been on a barn wood table kick. I had some barn wood I received from a tear down I did and built a side table on an antique sewing machine base. Recently I purchased some more barn wood, but this was a different type. This was that brown rough sawn true 1″ thick boards from a 120+ plus year old barn.

For a different look, I mounted the boards on an angle to a 1/2″ piece of plywood. I find this easier when doing angles.

After trimming the sides back to square, I sanded down the top. I was concerned since I did not want to lose that rich patina hue, but the boards were very rough and I felt it needed some leveling. I also hoped the poly would do some filling of the surface.

While researching barn wood tables I liked the look of the gloss finish. I know it tends to look plastic but with this type wood it also looks very nice. I went with a gloss water based poly.

I was quite pleased with the finished product. I added a rough sawn cedar skirt to the table to give it a more professional look, rather then just a piece of wood on a base. Made the skirt “shabby chic” and here is the finished project. Hope you enjoy.

Oh, this one was made for the consignment shop I am now doing business with. The first one sold quickly, hope this does as well.

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net





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cnarf

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 11:41 PM

Looks great. You have given me some ideas for 2 similar frames.

-- cnarf, Ireland

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jimmyb

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 12:12 AM

Excellent. That’s what we are all about, exchanging ideas and info.

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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savan

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#3 posted 08-22-2013 05:46 PM

Cool! I saw this and immediately grabbed an old sewing machine from CL :)

just now!

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jimmyb

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#4 posted 08-22-2013 07:45 PM

Great savan and the funny thing is, as a fixed up antique sewing machine, you can get about $100 to $125. As a side table we are getting $185.

Go figure.

I buy the machines for $20 to $35 and then scrap the internals and make the tables. I did list the sewing machine heads in ebay and got a starting bid of $10 for one, so my cost just went down for the table :)

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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Marty Smoley

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 07:53 PM

I love it. I have made a few treadle tables. I think they are very interesting tables. I made mine with pallet wood. I love the angle of the slats. This inspires me to get back to mine. I still have four more treadle bases. Very nice job with the barn wood.

-- Marty, http://www.wickedpiggy.com

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jimmyb

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#6 posted 09-12-2013 11:48 AM

Thanks Marty.

I have an industrial treadle (black pipe) table in planning very soon with the rest of the same barnwood.

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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Marty Smoley

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 03:23 PM

A friend of mine makes tables from the bases and then he makes the sewing machine into an interesting lamp. The drawers he sells on Ebay. I’ve seen those repurposed nicely as well. So a sewing machine that he picks up for about $40 he sells everything for a total of about $300. I personally haven’t the heart to strip down a good machine. I have three at home that I bought for cheap. Two I restored. The third is rough and I will probably take it apart to repurpose everything. My bases I found at a junk shop already stripped of the tops but bases are complete. Can’t wait to see your industrial one. I haven’t been able to find one of those for a good price yet :)

-- Marty, http://www.wickedpiggy.com

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