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Project by rwde posted 06-11-2018 03:43 PM 1063 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Repurposing an old cast iron sewing machine base and a wide oak plank. Added some stemware holders underneath – call it a bar table? Found the base sitting outside an antique shop in southeastern PA, knocked off the rust & added a few fresh coats of paint. Here’s a link to an article about the sewing machine company, the Domestic Sewing Machine Co., founded in Ohio but later moved to New York.

Interesting bit of history. The plank came from an enormous pin oak (a red oak variety) that we had taken down years ago when the tree took ill and died. Dimensions are 39 1/2” x 16 or so.

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 07:34 PM

Love re-using these bases. Had a local body shop sand blast and prime one for me. My son got in my case when I was looking at one in a 2nd hand store – “your like moth to flame – stop it you have 2 already…”

-- Quality: There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price are this man’s lawful prey.

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 07:34 PM

Looks great! Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 06-13-2018 02:30 AM

Great idea for the stemware below! I made the same thing with a Singer frame and a poplar slab.

-- Dale

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#4 posted 06-13-2018 02:00 PM

Thanks for the feedback, all. A question about finishing – I’ve generally used Danish oil on these kinds of things. Adding some clear polyurethane to this one. Am a bit surprised at how much it raises the grain, even with re-sanding between coats. Is there a better product that will go on smooth & provide a tough surface? What have you used? Thanks.


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