Reclaimed Farm Table

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Project by mc269 posted 05-21-2014 02:08 AM 1636 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new to woodworking and have really taken an interest in reclaimed wood products. This was my first big project, a reclaimed farm table made from timbers from an old post office/General store building that once stood on family property. The beams were reclaimed by my great uncle and used to build a barn and I once again reclaimed to build my table for my new house. We are currently building our house about 200 yards from where this building used to stand. All that is left is a few rocks and a square indentation in the ground where it used to stand. I built the frame from oak and the top is made from the reclaimed oak beams. I did lots of sanding on the top careful to leave all of the old saw marks and unique character. The top was finished with polyurethane. One board actually had old carvings in the bottom from a pocket knife, etching the Roman numeral 29. I love having a table like this I made and knowing a little bit of the history behind it.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 11:21 AM

Great job. The surface looks rough yet smooth at the same time ! I was wondering though, are you sure the Roman numerals aren’t XXIV which would be 24 instead of 29? Just a thought.

-- I thought you said there was no metal in this log !!!!!!!!!!!!

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#2 posted 05-21-2014 12:13 PM

Very nice work. Great character in the top with the saw marks, nail / screw rusted discoloration. One sweet table.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 12:24 PM

I, too, am fascinated with reclaimed wood. My house is 290 years old and the barn about 160. I have yet to build any furniture from such wood, but I have some squirreled away for when I’m good enough and creative enough.

I love the table. Very well done.

Since you said the oak was originally beams I suspect the markings were used for assembly. They used to mark mating ends for assembly and for moving structures.

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 01:41 PM

Thanks everyone! The number etchings really had me curious. That last number may have been a “V” now that I look at it. Thanks Todd, I hadn’t thought about them numbering for assembly. I’m pretty sure these were the old floor joists from the building because they are 2×8’s and heavily nailed on just one side.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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