|Project by Tooch||posted 11-29-2013 05:31 AM||1366 views||3 times favorited||18 comments|
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