100 yr old barn wood turned into end tables for charity

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Project by Tim Christensen posted 03-13-2014 03:45 AM 1885 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good friend of mine had some pretty severe heart issues and about died. They are having a silent auction to help raise money to cover the hospital bills. I wanted to build something bigger but I ran out of time. We had one of these under the couch end table thingies (came up with that name myself) we bought quite a few years back and I thought it would only take an afternoon to build one and they are pretty practical. Once I got started I thought it would be just as easy to build two! More money for my buddy!

The second picture is the before pic of the wood. A lot of the wood was cracked down the middle so I had to cut them down to about 3 inch boards after I cleaned them up. Used biscuits to glue up the tops and pocket holes to hold most of it together.

Little bit of stain and three coats of poly made the old wood shine. as you can see the old nail holes and bug holes really added to the look.

The last picture Is the reason why I didn’t have a lot of time! All the extra help in the shop tends to take a little longer!! Wouldn’t trade the help for anything though!

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 04:26 AM

The tables are real nice and sorry to hear about your friends Heart Problems.

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 06:48 AM

Good job on the tables and helping your friend! Great looking shop helper too!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 03-13-2014 03:38 PM

Great idea, and for a good cause too. Hope all goes well with your friend

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 03-13-2014 03:42 PM

Very nice tables, hope they bring great $ for the cause!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#5 posted 03-13-2014 10:12 PM

I really like the care you took to preserve the character of the barn wood. Great job!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 03-14-2014 12:43 AM

Wonderful job and for a worthy cause

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 03-14-2014 02:29 AM

Great idea and for a good cause. I love seeing old things get turned in to something new. Great project.

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#8 posted 03-14-2014 01:35 PM

Good work all around. Fantastic smile on your helper. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#9 posted 02-03-2015 09:18 PM

You have given new life to an old wood, compliments for
your young assistant.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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