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Project by Tooch posted 11-29-2013 05:31 AM 2353 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend just bought a camp, and we have all been helping with renovations. After redoing the walls, floors, and trim, it came time to fill it with furniture. Although he had a bunch of stuff to go in it, he really needed a dining room table, which is where I stepped in.

I have become something of a scavenger, keeping one eye always on the trash pile at work. The Art class down the hall was getting rid of an old work table, that included the table top I eventually used for this. I ripped the tabletop down to 6” widths and planed off 40+ years of students’ abuse—Paint, scratches, gouges, chewing gum, etc. Being the table top was 2” thick maple, this was a very long, LOUD, and physically straining process (those suckers were heavy!). After I got them down to a useable size, I did a massive glue up to get them back together, and then several hours of sanding.

For the legs, I used reclaimed railing posts off of a deck that was recently replaced. All it took was several more hours of sanding the “weather” off and they looked pretty decent. I decided to taper the bottom of the legs to give it a more interior feel. I cut out the Bridle joints for the supports on the table saw, which was actually fairly terrifying. To help hold ‘em together I used some glue & leftover carriage bolts I had from building cornhole sets.

So to recap-
Lumber for table top – Free!
Legs & Supports – FREE!
leftover paint and stain – FREE!
Getting a new dining room table up to his Camp to play cards on for Deer season – Priceless.
Thanks for looking, as always questions/comments welcome!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 11-29-2013 06:09 AM

Wow, I LOVE this read!!! What a gorgeous table! I love that you were ingenious in acquiring and reusing what likely would have been “trash” to most, and gave it a second, beautiful life. Great job. At first I was like, “Where’s the apron?”, but the more I looked, the more I liked! Excellent job my friend, the color is nice too!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#2 posted 11-29-2013 07:56 AM

Very awesome job. Excellent salvage and even better build.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-29-2013 11:18 AM

Well done and use of materials on hand… Should serve you well at the camp hanging out with your buddies.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-29-2013 03:31 PM

Awesome, way to go, the table looks great!

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#5 posted 11-29-2013 04:24 PM

Free is good ,nice work.


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#6 posted 11-29-2013 06:08 PM

Really nice to see the reclaimed table.
Like Jim said….free is a good thing.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#7 posted 11-29-2013 06:50 PM

Very nice job on the table.

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#8 posted 11-29-2013 07:51 PM

Awesome! I’m not a tree-hugger but I love reclamation and breathing new life into old things.

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#9 posted 11-29-2013 07:54 PM


-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#10 posted 11-29-2013 09:08 PM

You did a wonderful job on the table. It looks great! You are very ingenious and I Luv the the story that goes along with your project. A+ on this one.

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#11 posted 11-30-2013 01:06 AM

A real beast of a project, worth the effort, looks great and has a nice history and finish too.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#12 posted 11-30-2013 04:36 AM

Awesome table! The table is def in my preferred price point!! Love the table top and the legs on it. Great job and very creative. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 11-30-2013 10:03 AM

That’s a great looking top. It’s very satisfying when you can take an item no one else wants and turn it into something like this. NIce work.

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#14 posted 11-30-2013 04:29 PM

Thats awesome Tooch. heck of nice job on the whole thing, and the price was even

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#15 posted 12-02-2013 01:33 AM

Real nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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