Kym's New Old Table

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Project by Michael Brailsford posted 08-01-2008 07:27 PM 2567 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table I built for my sister-in-law. She had a very specific idea in mind for my to build. She wanted a table that looked old and somewhat care worn. This was a style that was not something I had much desire to work in. However after I got into it I ended up enjoying the project very much. The wood came from a 100+ year old share croppers house in a rural section of North Carolina that was being torn down. I culled out as much wood as I could from the house, being careful to not bring home any of the termites infesting this house. Getting the wood into a useable state took a great deal of time. The number of nails were unbelievable. They were old cut nails. Many did not want to come out. Even after getting what I believed was all of the nails out I still did a number on my planer knives. I do think that in the end the results were worth the aggravation. I left as many imperfections as I could. The nail holes, knots, checks, all added to the character of the table. I am not a big fan of pine, but this very old southern yellow pine that had been seasoning for a hundred years was another story. It was hard and close grained. I used a hand drill with a flap sander in it and went over all of the parts to give is an uneven and worn look. I then uses a flutter sander to soften all the edges. I used an unusual stain. I used roofing tar. I used the kind in the tube. I squeezed a little out and took a rag soaked in mineral spirits and worked it into the table. I think it made the table look more “aged” than stained. After all was said and done I enjoyed this project very much and would not mind at all working in this style again, especially since my sister-in-law says it is very fashionable right now. I have enough of the wood left to do one more table not quite as big as hers.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#1 posted 08-01-2008 07:28 PM

Very nice work

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#2 posted 08-01-2008 07:35 PM

This type of stuff usually ends up looking very not-genuine. But you’ve dome a great job…. I never would have guessed that this was not a really old table.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-01-2008 09:37 PM

excellent job. I would have to say you succeeded in making it look old. Sorry to hear of the planer blades.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 08-01-2008 09:45 PM

Outstanding work. What was the biggest challenge; Wood prep or design & build?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 08-01-2008 10:38 PM

It does look real old, nice job.

I suppose you’ll have to get some more planer blades for the next table.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 08-02-2008 12:29 AM

chris- prep was the biggest challenge. you would think you had a piece nail free and then run it through the planer and BAM there is a shiner. The biggest challenge of the build, or rather the most exausting, was using the hand drill with the flap sander. That wore me out.

Dick- a job like this one you have to go into it knowing you will be sacrificing blades to the nail gods.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#7 posted 08-02-2008 03:17 AM

this is just awesome ! great job indeed…..any “fragrance” left behind from the tar ?

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Michael Brailsford

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#8 posted 08-02-2008 04:21 AM

Dusty, Oh yea. big time

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#9 posted 08-02-2008 04:22 AM

Dusty, No sorry I misunderstood. Not from the roofing tar, but when I was working on it the old pine tar was very strong.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#10 posted 08-02-2008 12:38 PM

Great project for that old wood!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 08-05-2008 02:50 AM

I’d much rather the smell of pine than roofing tar !! LOL thanks for the feedback and once again , she’s a beauty !

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#12 posted 08-11-2008 11:41 PM

Very authentic Michael.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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