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Rockytop

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02-22-2017 02:42 AM

So this is my first table! Probably a little over my head with the tools I have, but I’m quite proud of it.
It’s a farm style table out of the barnwood from the barn I tore down last year. Feel free to expand the picture. I’d love to hear what I could’ve done better. Just no rude comments. I’ll share steps of the build after some comments


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#1 posted 02-22-2017 03:02 AM

How is the table going to be used? The lower stretchers seem odd, only on 2 sides, do you need them at all? How is the top attached?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 02-22-2017 03:10 AM



How is the table going to be used? The lower stretchers seem odd, only on 2 sides, do you need them at all? How is the top attached?

- bondogaposis


It’s a kitchen table for a local lady. The top is attached to the frame by pocket holes & also used pocket holes to make the top

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 02-22-2017 03:59 AM

I like it.
You left the worm holes.
You left the knots.
These all add great character to it.
Very Nice job.
“If it were mine” I would try to add saw mark swirls in top, like a rough sawn look.

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

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#4 posted 02-22-2017 04:14 AM

It looks good. I really like the character of the wood and the look of the finish.

All your pics are from the stretcher sides. I assume there is an apron on the other sides not shown. I see that the stretchers are attached with pocket screws. How are the aprons attached to the legs?

Given the apparent size of these joints, I would agree with Bondo that perhaps the stretchers aren’t needed, but they don’t hurt.

If the leg to apron joints were traditional mortise and tenon, then I’m sure a stretcher isn’t needed. But, I’m assuming they are are butt joints with pocket screws. If so, it will likely work well for a long time, but won’t ultimately hold up like an M&T joint would. Those pocket screws may need tightening if the wood dries out.

Since you got the wood from a barn, I assume you have a lot more of it. That wood has a lot of character, and if you didn’t this time, consider M&T joints on the next project. With M&T you’d have something that will last generations.

Regardless of the details, it looks great.

-- Clin

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#5 posted 02-22-2017 05:19 AM

Rustic lots of character what’s not to like.
Good first

Aj

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#6 posted 02-22-2017 02:23 PM



It looks good. I really like the character of the wood and the look of the finish.

All your pics are from the stretcher sides. I assume there is an apron on the other sides not shown. I see that the stretchers are attached with pocket screws. How are the aprons attached to the legs?

Given the apparent size of these joints, I would agree with Bondo that perhaps the stretchers aren t needed, but they don t hurt.

If the leg to apron joints were traditional mortise and tenon, then I m sure a stretcher isn t needed. But, I m assuming they are are butt joints with pocket screws. If so, it will likely work well for a long time, but won t ultimately hold up like an M&T joint would. Those pocket screws may need tightening if the wood dries out.

Since you got the wood from a barn, I assume you have a lot more of it. That wood has a lot of character, and if you didn t this time, consider M&T joints on the next project. With M&T you d have something that will last generations.

Regardless of the details, it looks great.

- clin


Clin, you are correct. All connections are pocket holes. According to cheap hf moisture meter my lumber was around 6%. I know it’s a little dry, but I tried to get it up some with no real change. My shop isn’t climate controlled so it’s a little difficult.

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