new life for an old bird #2: table base ready

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Blog entry by patron posted 12-06-2010 02:15 AM 4253 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: eagle inlayed door re-use Part 2 of new life for an old bird series no next part

well i’ve been busy
making the base for my old door
for the back deck
and here it is

and here are some details of the build
this is the corner connection
had to use carriage bolts
‘cause that’s what i have
so i glued and screwed blocks to the rails
and bolted thru them
this re-enforces the corner
and the leg
(notice the drain holes against the rail for rain)

here is the cross bars
for when i flip the door over
(it’s the same on both sides
the eagle just looks the other way)
i did a boat taper connection
by angling the ends into angled notches
so the weight of the door flipping
won’t break the lap or screwed butt joint

here is the frame done
except for spar varnish
and some plugs it is solid!

and here it is with the door in place
the door needs epoxy and sanding
and spar varnish for the UV rays
after ‘dutchmen’ (plugs)
are in place to keep it from rotting
in the rain and sun


so there you have it for now
will probably do the door itself inside this winter

next is buddy’s door
(he get’s impatient with me
when he want’s to get in and out)
the eagle door was in the way
where i want to put his

but tomorrow moving the 850lb 20” planer on to the deck
where i have a 220v plug ready for it

thanks for looking
have a great holidays !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 02:22 AM


-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 02:26 AM

Thanks for showing the construction details. This will be a unique table.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 02:39 AM

Great story.
A beautiful project from the past.
It warms the heart to know that it will live on
As the center and conversation piece
Of your deck
Your art lives on
Bravo David.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 03:22 AM

David: a great use for an old friend.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 03:30 AM

thank´s for the update and the detailpicture´s David

I´m sure he will forgive you when he sees what you are doing for him….
or is it your own convinient thats the master here….LOL

now slip Buddy a cookie since you are so lazy :-)

take care

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 03:31 AM

Wauu, it will be a wonderful table.
Are you going to close the holes, and glass window, or will they stay as memory?
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 12-06-2010 04:10 AM

Absolutely Amazing!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 04:53 AM

That is quite the table! I cannot believe all the different things you come up with. Looking forward to your next project or adventure. You have a very Merry Christmas!!

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 12-06-2010 05:04 AM

thanks guys

one of the advantages
of doing my own work
is sometimes
i don’t need to know what i am doing
just follow the wood
and the tools

it’s like a vision revealed

the downside is
sometimes it looks like
i have soap in my eyes lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 12-06-2010 06:58 AM

I still can’t get over how cool the design on the door is love the whole project.

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#11 posted 12-06-2010 07:05 AM

Under no circumstances will I say great job…:(


-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 12-06-2010 07:50 AM

David, you may have to put side boards on it to keep Buddy off of it. lol As easy as he went over the dutch door, this is nothing. lol

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#13 posted 12-06-2010 01:35 PM

This turned out beautifully. It is such a wonderful use for the door.
In Cambridge MA, there was a place called the “Door Store” that sold simple doors outfitted as tables… I always thought it was a good idea… actually had a desk made of one of their doors.
Your door, however, is a work of art! Your table is surely one of a kind!
I continue to be impressed with your craftsmanship.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#14 posted 12-06-2010 02:07 PM

Looks great!
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#15 posted 12-06-2010 02:10 PM

thanks again everyone

GOOD JOB ! (on the comments) lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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