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I luckily stumbled across an add for barn wood on craigslist. This barn had fallen in Southern Illinois in a storm and the guy was selling mostly its oak framing pieces. The pickings were slim when I got there, and I mostly wanted the old faded red roof boards. He let me take all I could haul for 20 bucks. I really wanted to make something for our house out of it. He had about 5 times as much that went to the burn pile, but I had no where to store it nor did I know why I was even getting it!

We needed a little table on the side of our door to the deck to set things on (beer, food to grill) when opening the door… so this is what I made.

This is my first piece of furniture. Without a planer I decided just to leave the wood natural as I had found it, (some light sanding and cleaning is all I did to it). At first I was going to use the old painted red side, but liked the other side better for this project. You can see some of the red paint on the skirt of the table.

I did get one 6×6 oak beam (lots of nails), but I was way too nervous to put the old beams through my table saw to make legs… So I cheated on this part… The legs are standard construction grade pine 2×2's from one of the big box stores. I ruffed up the edges and messed around with a bunch of techniques to get them to look "old".

Not crazy with how the legs look or mix with the barnwood, but content.

I used pocket holes for the joinery. Hopefully my next piece of furniture I will be more skilled and ambitious to get away from them!

This was my first project tapering anything. It took me some getting used to, but I finally got all 4 legs tapers to math up.

I didn't finish the top at all… I figured if it had lasted the elements outside for a hundreds years it would be ok inside for now.

( I guess you could also call this a dog picture frame, my pup I guess wanted to be in the photo)

Thanks for looking

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This looks good Brandon.This table also doubles as a dog picture frame :))
 

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Very nice job. Great reclamation.
 

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you should try to find the year of the barn and put the date under the top, just for conversation i geuss, the peice looks very nice, dogs looks good to, nice save.
 

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Well done!! Good job aging those legs, they look great.
 
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