Thanks for you thoughtful reply. No I don't mind the dents so will try a project with this. The table will be used in the manner you described. The idea of using reclaimed material to do it is very appealing.Robson Valley said:The one on the right is Douglasfir to me = the abrupt finish to each growth ring and the shapes of the cracks, plus the color.
The pale one on the left, I'll agree likely spruce, not pine. You see the cross shatter on the left side in pic #1? Pine usually has long, run-out splits. Try enough of that junk for wood carving and you get to see it all.
Both are relatively soft. If you don't care about dents and whangs and bangs that age a table top, go for it.
I had a western red cedar dining room set. 5'8" diameter table and 60" tall chairs, all sort of old abbey/monestary clunky style. Well, two active kids did a lot on that table besides eat. Never had the chance to work it over with a belt sander after they grew up and left. It was banged up pretty good.
Great stuff. The old building was on an adjacent lot that my brother-in-law bought a few years ago. A fire swept through it shortly after that so he decided to tear down what was left and salvage the lumber. The family that had owned it came out to watch the process. They are all senior citizens so there were a lot of memories and tears that day. There is a scary old stone well on the property straight out of some fairy tale, must go down twenty five feet to water. That will have to be filled in before the grand kids start paying attention to it. Anyway if we can build some some new artifacts out of the old material that will be interesting and fun. Gives a sense of continuity in this old world.Robson Valley said:Old wood is great. Does it have a story to tell? Useful to learn more about that farmhouse.
Meal time and other times, gathering around a table is important. That was a big, round table in a big room. Stored it behind the couch for 2 years then finally gave the whole dang set to a charity.
My mother actually crocheted a white tablecloth which had to be nearly 8' in diameter for that table. I've kept that.