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Forum topic by ezgnann posted 10-17-2011 02:40 AM 1125 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2011 02:40 AM

I am building a table for my wife out of old pine that was salvaged from an old school house. The beam that I had resawn was 5”x8”x14’! It was a massive piece of history! Pics will be posted once I complete it.

I need some tips on finishing old pine. There is a fair amount of pine sap/tar in the wood so I am wondering if that will have an effect on finishing. I want to put some sort of finishing or protectant on the wood since it will be used for a kitchen table. It has years of meals and homework ahead of it. I was thinking of using high gloss poly cut with mineral spirits on it to provide solid protection to the table.

What suggestions are there from the Lumberjock forum for finishing this piece? I want to avoid using any stain on the wood and do not want to use any finish that will overly darken the beauty of the wood.

Thanks,

Eric

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 06:28 AM

been here done that, being an old Virginia guy, I have done a ton of recycled pine,, love the stuff, but it has some special “quirks,” but can be georgeous, the bottom cabinets are my personal home,http://www.cn-woodworking.com/cabinets-architechture/cabinets/ and all my floors are recycled heart pine, I can help you with this ,I am out of town until Oct 22, some pictures of the material would be very helpful , and we will go from there.

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 08:21 PM

High gloss will be prone to show any bumps and scratches. The water based urethane will work well, then buff out with a synthetic pad to soften the gloss. Wax afterwards.
I’ve done a top that way with good results. Old wood from the DelMarVa area.
Bill

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 08:54 PM

Well? It’s been almost 3 years and you didn’t come back and put pictures. Did you ever get this project done? How did it turn out?
Curious minds want to know :-)

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ezgnann

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 09:19 PM

yep, I never followed up. It is buried under 6th grade homework and Christmas decor. I will dig up a pic and post.

Thanks for the reminder!

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#5 posted 12-18-2014 10:04 PM

Be prepared for 50 suggestions on how to finish the old pine because many will not read past the subject line.

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#6 posted 12-19-2014 04:00 PM

LOL at Rick!

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#7 posted 12-20-2014 05:10 AM

Guess I was feeling cynical that day, heh.

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#8 posted 12-21-2014 08:41 PM

I was driving down the road one day. There was a piece of lumber that was causing havoc with traffic. Everyone was driving over it or trying to go around it. I thought it was a piece of construction shoring. I got fed up drove down the inside lane to move it off the road.

Surprize! It was a 10’x12”x1” (Full) piece of what I’m sure was Bush Cut Pine because of the Circular Saw marks on it.

Squeezed it into my car, Zoom home. Made a Sofa Table that had to match a 3 year old, 3 Board Top, Coffee Table (Full length Splines, connecting “Shelving Grade Pine”) Did 90% of it by hand. Carefully rounded the ends and edges (by hand) smoothed down the top to preserve the Circular Saw marks. You can see them but the top is like “Babies Bum”. It had some “Junk” on there that you’ve mentioned but it “Disappeared” after the sanding. Other than that, there was no special treatment to the Pine.

Finished with Minwax Provincial Pine Stain, that’s a minimal change in color, but had to match the Coffee Table. 4 coats of Satin Finish, Water Based poly brushed on, (I would not use a High Gloss if I was you, water, or oil based.) and that’s about it.

Pics are in order. 1: What’s left of Original Board showing tire tracks and a few “Open Knots”, 2: Finished Close up showing Saw Cuts, 3: Table in place in Living Room with Coffee Table and new Wall Niche.

Hope It Helps: Rick
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#9 posted 12-22-2014 09:15 PM

Here is the picture of the finished table

It is probably the most used piece of furniture in the house.

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#10 posted 12-22-2014 09:22 PM

OH! That’s very Pretty!

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#11 posted 12-22-2014 09:53 PM

The only thing i did is sand everything to 220 and then put numerous coats of poly on the top. Wife wanted a natural look, so there are lots of variations in this old growth pine. Plus saw marks, nail holes and a few other marks from its past. My family is doing there best to leave there own mark and I am sure I will have to redo the top at some point.

I have since built a bench for one side of the table out of some additional pine I have acquired.

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#12 posted 12-22-2014 10:04 PM

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#13 posted 12-22-2014 11:54 PM

Looks nice ezgnann. Thanks for finally posting the pics :-)

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