Table from 200 year old re-claimed timber

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Blog series by Cory updated 05-02-2011 03:40 PM 3 parts 13587 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: The rough work

04-25-2011 09:23 PM by Cory | 7 comments »

My Dad asked me to make a table for his office where he could work on some computers. His office is in a building that was built in 1880, so it’s got some really cool beams and exposed brick walls. We had torn a building down that was built at the same time and I kept some of the timbers, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to use some of them for this project. Here’s the beam (it’s 12’ long, 12” wide, and about 3” thick): At some poi...

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Part 2: Flattening The big top (not the circus kind)

04-27-2011 04:19 PM by Cory | 4 comments »

Muscling around this lumber hasn’t been easy. I need to have a perfectly flat top and bottom surface, and it’s too wide for my planer and jointer. I guess that means hand tools. I spent quite a bit of time using my Lee Valley low angle jack plane and my smoother to flatten both sides of the table top. I forgot to take pictures of the process (my arms woulda been too tired to hold up the camera anyway), but believe me it generated a lot of shavings. Here’s the top nice a...

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Part 3: Finishing up the table

05-02-2011 03:40 PM by Cory | 3 comments »

I spent quite a bit of time flattening and smoothing the table top last weekend. I used mostly my Lee Valley low angle jack plane, a #4 smoother, and card scrapers. I did use a little sandpaper on the edges to break them. The finish is 2 coats of a 50/50 BLO and mineral spirits mix. I find that mix to be much easier to apply than straight BLO. After that cured came 4 coats of General Finishes Armor Seal and a coat of paste wax. That meant the top was complete. Then came the bottom. ...

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