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post #1 of 14 Old 07-05-2013, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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90 Yr Old Farm House Makes Dining Table

This project starts with me finding some reclaimed wood on Craigslist. I went to buy only a few pieces to bring home for a small project, but then the salvage guy made me a deal that I couldn’t refuse. He needed the wood off of his trailer and actually offered to drive 40 + miles to deliver it onto my driveway at no extra charge.
So quite unexpectedly, I found that I had myself a pile of Douglas fir floor framing lumber. It was reclaimed from a 90 year old farmhouse in Brentwood, California. For those of you familiar with California, this is not the Brentwood of O.J. Simpson fame, but lies between the bay area and the central valley. It’s not easy to explain to your wife how you went to buy just a few pieces or wood, and came home with the trailer load. In an act of nervous desperation, trying to explain how it all happened, I blurted out that I could make us a dining room table. That was all it took. I had myself my next project and the wood was permitted to sit in the driveway for a few months. I found in the pile, true 2×6, most of which were 20′ long. I also owned 5 – 6×6, that were 20 feet long. The salvage guy told me he had cut these down from an original length of 40 feet. I’m pretty sure you couldn’t go to your local home center and buy lumber of that length today!

We decided on a Tuscan style rustic farm table that could sit 10 comfortably and 12 with two people at each end. I wanted to use the 6 x6’s at the top of the table, and selected the 3 best, re-sawing them down to 3×6. I left the original circular saw blade marks, nail holes and cracks in the wood, working around them, as the real character and the story of the wood lives in these markings.


Then I cut off four pieces of the 6 x 6 that I could turn on the lathe to make the legs.

Fir is such a soft wood and tends to take stain vary dark, so I first applied a sealer coat of 1 part Sand and Sealer to 1 parts denatured alcohol.

This prevented the wood from absorbing too much stain and getting too dark. I tried several stains on sample pieces . I decided on a medium oak stain that I applied vary lightly . The finish I used was wipe on urethane satin top coat by General Finish. I let the last coat dry for 72 hours and then rubbed it out with an old piece of steel wool 0000 and orange oil, which provided a silky smooth finish.


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Very well done! Keeping the look and more importantly the feel of those timbers was a great decision. Love it.
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I like this,........you definitely made the most out of that pile of lumber. Awesome table
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Lovely...

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I love that table!!!!!
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That my friends will be a TREASURED piece for years and years to come.

Very nice use, and great workmanship.

Love the look, FOR SURE.

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Your table looks fantastic! Hopefully your wife will let you bring home a trailer of whatever you want... more wood, more tools, shop expansion ;-) Great job!! (Good story too)
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Gorgeous!
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Majestic table! Great use of reclaimed wood, has so much character with the holes, scratches and the saw marks. Love the awesome legs and finish. Excellent work!
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Fantastic job. I love it.
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Turned out very nice. What kind of joinery did you employ?
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Turned out very nice. What kind of joinery did you employ?
Hi there.
Thanks for your nice comments. My goal was to keep this project very rustic. In fact it actually was planned as an outdoor table, but we moved it into our dining room for a party and my wife liked it there better! I did something a little unconventional with the joinery. I attached the breadboard ends with a half lap joint. It isn't my most sophisticated woodworking project but we like the way it turned out.
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I love the style of butterfly used in the split and the color looks great
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Ah, I was out of town the week this was posted so I missed it, but this table is awesome! Nice job. Can I have it?
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