Country Farm Table

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Project by SawdustJunky posted 04-11-2010 10:54 PM 3129 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this for a customer per her specs. She wanted drawer storage, thick dark top, federal blue, 38×76. She fancies herself an interior designer. Can’t argue with that but to me it more like clutter art. You know the style, find as many random items as you can in 24 hours and put them all in one room. The money was green so I took the project. Actually it was kinda’ fun. The legs and apron are maple with mortise\tenons joints, federal blue enamel paint w\a ploy finish, lightly sanded and distressed, dovetail drawers. The top is ¾ “ red oak with another ¾ inch applied to the under outside edges to give it a thick top look and reduce the weight. Believe it or not the hardest part of the project was customizing a color for the top. I made six different test runs before I hit on the color she was looking for. The top is a mix of English Chestnut and Red Mahogany. I had to put a few cuts, scratches and dings in the top for her and apply a bit of paste wax. All in all it turned out pretty good.

Blessings to all

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 10:58 PM

I’ve built many “distressed” pieces myself over the years. This is a great piece. Nice, understated yet notable worn look about it. Very well done.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 11:49 PM

Not MY style, but … beautifully done.

The end result is great. Sure she’ll be thrilled, and … have it topped with … all KINDS of junk … almost immediately ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 04-11-2010 11:54 PM

very nicely done, credit to you as my dear old gran would have said. the distressed look is very tasteful and convincing.

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 01:40 AM

This is my style, and I really like it. Well done and nice finish too. As I can see, you really work for your customers. This is great.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#5 posted 04-12-2010 01:48 AM

It looks real good.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 04-12-2010 02:41 AM

Doesn’t it kill you to paint a nice grain wood? It does me, but, my local market is hot for black painted occasional table with distressed edges. I’ve reverted to the cheapest board foot wood available and the shorts room at the mill since they are being painted. I’ve even switched from m&t to pocket screws to cut down on the time with nobody caring. One coat of milk paint, distress the edges and two of poly.

The money is green and the customer is happy. Of course they have no expectation of leaving these tables to a later generation or doing more than putting a candle or flower pot on them. And I am not putting a makers mark on them.


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#7 posted 04-12-2010 04:15 AM

Nice farm table.

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#8 posted 04-12-2010 12:22 PM

Nice looking table. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 04-12-2010 12:46 PM

“clutter art”—yah, that’s my style!!
I love this table. Wish I had one in my kitchen. (or two haha)
Nicely done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 04-12-2010 03:54 PM

Nice job!

-- Brian

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