Sofa Tables from Reclaimed White Oak

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Project by RickL posted 12-14-2013 01:47 PM 1607 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was contacted recently by a friend of my neighbor to build 2 – 55” sofa tables for her home. She had difficulty finding exactly what she wanted at various furniture stores or on-line, or anything not made in China. Overall size is 55” x 12” x 29” high.

Her main request was she wanted reclaimed wood. With some help from a couple of contacts, I located some reclaimed quarter sawn white oak from a guy in SE Indiana who tears down barns and not only sells the lumber, but produces some outstanding furniture from it. Most of what he has is 100 to 150 years old from barns and other buildings in the SE Indiana, Northern Kentucky, and the SW Ohio area.
The other requirement was a marble, slate, or limestone top. The tops are marble from a vendor in Madison, IN

A good part of this entire build was making the mortise and tenon joinery. The rails shown in the picture are for the lower shelf, 4 required.

For reference, the legs are 2” square and the shelf slats 2 1/8” wide, all I needed to do was to get all of those in the opposite mortise at the same time and clamp it before one end or the other came apart. Took me more than one try, with a few choice words :) As usual, the second one went together a lot quicker than the first.

The finish on the wood is two coats of Tried & True Danish Oil. This really brought out the character of this wood. I really enjoyed working with this reclaimed lumber. Hard to explain but this reclaimed white oak seem to cut a lot easier than the kiln dried material I am used to and the “defects”, nail holes, worm tracks, knots etc, made it look all that much better.

Thanks for looking and I hope you and yours have a Very Merry Christmas.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#1 posted 12-14-2013 06:16 PM

gorgeous—- just beautiful.

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#2 posted 12-14-2013 08:14 PM

Vey lovely and well done -

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 04:25 AM

Inspiring! Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 05:32 AM

Great job

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 09:24 AM

Very nicely made sofa tables….great job and thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 12-15-2013 11:38 AM

Thank you all

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#7 posted 12-18-2013 03:57 PM

They’re beautiful and solid tables and they look great in your living room. Great job!

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