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Project by Tooch posted 241 days ago 1200 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend just bought a camp, and we have all been helping with renovations. After redoing the walls, floors, and trim, it came time to fill it with furniture. Although he had a bunch of stuff to go in it, he really needed a dining room table, which is where I stepped in.

I have become something of a scavenger, keeping one eye always on the trash pile at work. The Art class down the hall was getting rid of an old work table, that included the table top I eventually used for this. I ripped the tabletop down to 6” widths and planed off 40+ years of students’ abuse—Paint, scratches, gouges, chewing gum, etc. Being the table top was 2” thick maple, this was a very long, LOUD, and physically straining process (those suckers were heavy!). After I got them down to a useable size, I did a massive glue up to get them back together, and then several hours of sanding.

For the legs, I used reclaimed railing posts off of a deck that was recently replaced. All it took was several more hours of sanding the “weather” off and they looked pretty decent. I decided to taper the bottom of the legs to give it a more interior feel. I cut out the Bridle joints for the supports on the table saw, which was actually fairly terrifying. To help hold ‘em together I used some glue & leftover carriage bolts I had from building cornhole sets.

So to recap-
Lumber for table top – Free!
Legs & Supports – FREE!
leftover paint and stain – FREE!
Getting a new dining room table up to his Camp to play cards on for Deer season – Priceless.
Thanks for looking, as always questions/comments welcome!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 241 days ago

Wow, I LOVE this read!!! What a gorgeous table! I love that you were ingenious in acquiring and reusing what likely would have been “trash” to most, and gave it a second, beautiful life. Great job. At first I was like, “Where’s the apron?”, but the more I looked, the more I liked! Excellent job my friend, the color is nice too!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#2 posted 240 days ago

Very awesome job. Excellent salvage and even better build.

-- 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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#3 posted 240 days ago

Well done and use of materials on hand… Should serve you well at the camp hanging out with your buddies.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 240 days ago

Awesome, way to go, the table looks great!

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#5 posted 240 days ago

Free is good ,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 240 days ago

Really nice to see the reclaimed table.
Like Jim said….free is a good thing.

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

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#7 posted 240 days ago

Very nice job on the table.

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#8 posted 240 days ago

Awesome! I’m not a tree-hugger but I love reclamation and breathing new life into old things.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#9 posted 240 days ago


-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#10 posted 240 days ago

You did a wonderful job on the table. It looks great! You are very ingenious and I Luv the the story that goes along with your project. A+ on this one.

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#11 posted 240 days ago

A real beast of a project, worth the effort, looks great and has a nice history and finish too.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#12 posted 240 days ago

Awesome table! The table is def in my preferred price point!! Love the table top and the legs on it. Great job and very creative. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 239 days ago

That’s a great looking top. It’s very satisfying when you can take an item no one else wants and turn it into something like this. NIce work.

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#14 posted 239 days ago

Thats awesome Tooch. heck of nice job on the whole thing, and the price was even

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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#15 posted 238 days ago

Real nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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