|Project by oldwoodsale||posted 03-31-2014 12:11 AM||2773 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
The end of a long road has culminated in this heavy, very shiny, Harvest Table. A few years ago we lost our lease for the building we were renting so we went out and found a facility much larger than we needed but it would work. It was originally built as the Dillinger and Sons Distillery in Ruffs dale, PA. Construction was started in 1885. No information as to when it was completed but it seems like it was built quickly and after Prohibition, it declined quickly.
The only intact building that is left is one 10,000sq ft whiskey ageing house. An old post card states that it had the capacity to hold 50,000 barrels. You can see the peak of this warehouse on the extreme right of this old post card.
By the time we took over in 2006 there was no sign of whiskey left. But this one building, built from this era, does contain 70,000 bf of old growth oak, and many more thousands of board ft of hemlock, and pine. Due the age and condition of the structure, it is best to raise the building, but not before reclaiming all this nice wood.
The wood beams get progressively larger as you get to the lower floors
These hemlock beams were removed from the roof. There were just enough of them to make the table as a good portion of it had to be trimmed due to water damage.
The old square nails and tight grain of this wood dates it to the very early days of the distillery.
We selected the wide planks with a mix of patina and targeted a 96inch length for the table.
The skirt, will be secured with metal corner brackets.
Used Minwax Natural Stain on all of the wood. It was amazing to see the color pop
Used large size biscuits to join the table planks
Table top after trimming and stain
Applying the finish is where I really had to go to school. I used LumberJocks several times to assist in debugging finishing problems. I was/am very thankful for this help! This was the first of about 6 to 9 coats of epoxy and Spar Urethane. Which were sanded MANY times and polished to a glossy shine.
2000 grit sanded surface prior to polish. To get from the previous photograph to this one I am skipping about three months of time dealing with air bubble, and problems with orange peel.
After a couple rounds of polish
The final table
Many times I see “antique wood” furniture from old barns or some other source but none of the history is mentioned. The history really adds to the piece, so we designed a hand made etched copper plaque, The plaque is also signed and dated on the back. Each table we make will have a serial number and will be in logged in our photo data base.
I hoped you enjoyed this project. Thank you to the LumberJocks community for the assistance you have given me on this project.