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Found an old work table

Was doing some barn rummaging yesterday and came across this old work table. It's in really good shape for how old it is. The barn is over 100 years old so it could be between 1900-2013.. Who knows.

My gut wants me to pull the top boards plain them, sand the whole thing down and put a coat of poly or linseed oil on it.

However a buddy of mine is pushing me to leave it rustic.

What would you do?
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I like you aunt's plan better, though it's a matter of taste (that table is a bit too rustic for mine). And who knows what's been on that table top through the years.

Planing would level and even out the top, too. You may have to do some similar work to the rest of it for good results.

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That photo was in the barn I pulled it from so light was real low. I agree I think I'm going to refinish the top. I'm not looking for perfection just looking for a table with a story:)
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+1 on planing the surface assuming there are no nail or screw heads.

If any risk of metal then consider a belt sander.

A hand plane would be faster if no metal. The old dirt/grime layer is likely to gum up a sanding belt, but this will also serve to point out any metal.
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Luckily there are only a few nails on the ends holding it down. I'm going to pull them and see where I land.
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If that is old motor oil in those boards, you will have issues. I think I would remove them and use other rustic boards from the barn to replace them. It could be a very cool project.
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