Barn Wood Coffee Table

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Project by TDog posted 04-19-2012 04:39 AM 6741 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second coffee table I built from old barn wood from a barn that was blown down by a tornado in our area a couple years ago. A day with a crow bar and a trailer turned out to provide a pretty large supply of free wood. I was able to recycle several huge nails used to build the barn which I used on the construction of the table. I think the toughest part was preparing and gluing up the right pieces for a uniform thickness as many of the boards were a true 2 or 3 inch thickness with many cupped and crooked from natural weathering. But, hey, it was free wood and nails. One of my friends bought the table for his wife. That was icing on the cake for sure.

“So many projects…so little time…”

Psalm 23

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#1 posted 04-19-2012 07:42 AM

What k9ind of wood is it I have been buying peice by peice an old barn on ebay it was all hand sawn lumber and was all chestnut the stuff is beautiful and there is nothing like it I hope to help restore the forrests with the chestnut tree it is a mission in my life to do this

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 12:45 PM

very nice, I enjoy working with barnwood also.
is it as heavy as it looks?

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#3 posted 04-19-2012 12:47 PM

Good to see re-use of old material. NICE JOB !

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 02:48 PM

Cool. nice work.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#5 posted 04-19-2012 03:15 PM

It showed sawmill marks. After planing a piece for practice, I think it was pine but, I could be wrong. And yes, it is pretty heavy. I had to get a friend to lug this one onto the truck for delivery. It was lighter than the first one though. I tried to use all the same wood also on the interior frame and hide all attachment methods from the top of the table. The weathered look on the wood is amazing to me as it’s something only time and nature can truly perfect. Plus it saves so much finishing time. (guilty as charged).

THank you for the comments. Hope to crank out another one (third one). Maybe it will go a little smoother. I am sure murphy will show up sometime. Such is woodworking…which makes it fun and unpredictable with the old wood.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 04:50 PM

Very nice. I’ve got a large stack of boards that used to be the interior of my grandparents barn…nothing that thick (mostly 4/4 or 5/4 stock) but still nice stuff. Might just make something like this.

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#7 posted 04-23-2012 10:56 PM

if that is limestone white wash it kills planer knives. I just got some more old barn wood from the Catskills of NY and it is chestnut.That is why i asked what kind of wood if it is chestnut the stuff is beautiful once it is cleaned up and planed down and ya got to watch out for bits of nails etc etc .

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#8 posted 04-26-2012 03:53 AM

Oh I see, I will try to watch out for that for tool and blade issues.
I have to start a dining room table for the family that purchased this table.
I was flattered to say the least. HOpe to see the other table, when finished
an enjoyed part of someone’s dining room.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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