Rustic Pine table w/ inlayed barb wire and horseshoes

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Project by junipercanyon posted 11-09-2012 08:04 PM 5254 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table as a gift for my aunt and uncle. This summer they decided to completely gut out and redesign the interior of their horse/camp trailer. During one of my visits, I “suggested” in conversation that the plain white camper table needed replaced with a western themed table because it would really go well with the new blue pine cabinets, and would compliment the use of it since the back half of this is a horse trailer, while the front half is for living space. Well, that “suggestion” quickly turned into, “that sounds great, when will you have it done!!”

I just happened to have several of these neat looking pine slabs that I cut the last time we went camping together, and the size was just right to use in the limited space. I had some old horse shoes laying around, and a roll of rusty barbed wire on the wall behind where I had the slabs stacked, and decided to put them all together. I was in the middle of a few projects at the time, so I enlisted a little help from my beautiful wife to do the routing for the horse shoes and the barbed wire, and that evening we poured on the liquid glass bar top epoxy to cover the inlays. I really like how it turned out, and even more importantly, so did my aunt and uncle.

(edit): The pine was milled from the root base of a tree that looks to have been wind blown down. I’m assuming it was standing dead for quite some time before it fell down, because about 40’ or so was completely rotted away, and only the root base and about 6’ or so was still wood. My assumption is that the sap of the tree drained down to the base which preserved it from rotting. It was very sticky to work with, and would clog up sandpaper really fast. So my solution was to use a belt sander with 100 grit on it, and squirt the sandpaper with WD-40 about every minute or so to keep the sap from sticking to it….seemed to work pretty good, and I got a decent smooth finish with it.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#1 posted 11-09-2012 08:08 PM

Very awesome!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-09-2012 08:43 PM

That’s a great table .

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#3 posted 11-09-2012 09:15 PM

Nice idea. Nice gesture

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#4 posted 11-09-2012 10:01 PM

Very well done and a great idea. Perfect !!

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#5 posted 11-10-2012 01:24 AM

Love the barbed wire idea. How did you hold it down? Looks great!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#6 posted 11-10-2012 02:19 AM

Got lots of rusty barbed wire and a bunch of old, worn horse shoes. Will be using them in future projects, that’s for sure. Beautiful table. Thanks for sharing!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#7 posted 11-10-2012 02:37 AM

That musta bin a hot horse to leave them hoof prints!

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#8 posted 11-10-2012 02:17 PM

How cool is that?

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#9 posted 11-10-2012 03:31 PM

Very cool!

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#10 posted 11-10-2012 05:19 PM

I love it. Looks like something I would do

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#11 posted 11-10-2012 06:22 PM

Very cool! A true woodworker has a wife that can do inlay :-) Fantastic work and good choice on top finish.

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#12 posted 11-10-2012 06:35 PM

Lovely job
You mill lumber on camping trips?

-- Max, New Zealand

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#13 posted 11-12-2012 02:51 AM

see (edit) above….
Thank you all for the compliments. This was a fun and “simple” project with the right tools and ideas, (and the pretty helper).
john2005: I just pushed the barbed wire down into the route groove and took advantage of the barbs by nailing them into the wood where possible, and adding a few finishing nails to any spots that wanted to pop up above the groove. Once the bar top epoxy set then it isn’t going anywhere.
Maximilian: Heck yes I do!!! What better time to mill up a few slabs then when your out in the middle of the woods with lots of time on your hands. Between riding motorcycles, shooting guns, and roasting marshmellows, the chainsaw is the perfect way to pass the time!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#14 posted 11-13-2012 05:10 AM

Love the barb wire touch!

-- Chris- Homebuilder and Woodworker, Love the smell of cut wood.

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