Reborn Mersman Table

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Project by bandit571 posted 04-06-2013 08:18 PM 2128 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found an old Mersman Coffee table sitting on a trash pile. Top was in layers, and bug-filled. Legs looked good, hardware was quite rusty. Two aprons were still in one piece. I used the aprons as patterns for new ones in Black Walnut. A new top was made up out of three walnut boards, cut from the same 90” long plank. Legs were reused, after I chopped mortises in them. Tenons on the new aprons. two coat of a BLO/Poly blend.

A router made the edge treatment of a simple cove. an old Sabresaw, B&D from the 70s, made the curved cuts in the aprons, and the top’s ends. Not too bad for a “Trashed Table”????

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 08:55 PM

I’m glad you posted this project here. I’ve seen it on LJs in other places but it belongs here. You did a nice job with reusing the legs and the pattern of the apron. The walnut grain is awesome. The table had seen better days, but happy days are here again! Congrats on the save.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#2 posted 04-06-2013 10:27 PM

Yes, I saw this one before as a blog type entry a day or so ago. Again SUPER SAVE! Very nicely done.

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 01:09 AM

I’ve been following your “rescue” of this table. It turned out excellent.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 03:28 AM

Nice work Bandit.

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 03:40 AM

Great job Bandit!
I enjoy following your progress on your blogs. Keep up the good, err great work!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 04-07-2013 09:45 PM

Hmmm, I still have one chunk of that walnut to use up. About 30” long, too.

Thanks for looking in on this little table. Wife has already “Table-napped” it. Seemed to think it is her own table.

On the hunt for a few more boards…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 04-08-2013 05:29 PM

Nice Save !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#8 posted 04-09-2013 04:43 PM

Great save and repair of the beautiful table! It will get plenty of use and will last for more years. Well done!

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#9 posted 02-01-2016 02:16 AM

The top needed to be stripped down to bare wood, as the GrandBRATS made a mess of the original finish I put on it.

Have since re-finished the top, and replaced all the corner brackets under it. Maybe from now on, they won’t be using this as a bench to watch TV on?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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