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All lumber used for this table came from a local farm that the owner was born and raised in. Her parents passed away and she inherited it. Her husband decided before it was demolished he wanted to use the wood for a present for her to keep those memories alive. She is 65 years old and her parents built the house when they were in their mid 20s. A lot of history in that house. The legs are 4" x 4", the top is 3/4" thick. I added the 1" strip down the outer edge for more support. This is the first time I tried an under lapping bread board on the ends. It didn't turn out to well. He liked it so I was in the good with him, lol ! The table measures 6' x 40" wide x 30" high. Very light sanding and not to dark of a stain. It was the patina of the wood that gave this table it's rustic look. Wished I had more of this wood to work with. But he is not letting any of it go.
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Awesome, we regret not thinking of having them save some wood from Blondies parents farm in upstate New York when they rebuilt it. Great looking table witht he barn wood.
 

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Great work. Really like it.
 

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I absolutely love your table! I've tried working with reclaimed lumber and I find it challenging in a number of ways.

Was this raw lumber or was it part of the structure? One of the things I find difficult is dealing with fresh cuts juxtaposed to the worn and beaten surfaces, not to mention the lack of patina.

Do you have any thoughts or advice on that?
 

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Absolutely beautiful table. Great job and what a treasure to have wood like that to work with.
 

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This is really cool. They tore my grandmother's house down before my brother and I could get some wood. When we said we wanted wood from the barn, when they tear it down. Maybe they will tell us. Her husband did a good thing, and you did a good job.
 

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Thanks to all for your encouraging comments. I do enjoy the opportunity to work with aged lumber and find it a challenge at times. The lumber is worn, crooked, out of square, scarred, some signs of rot, and termites. But having patience, determination, and the foresight of seeing the end result of a finished work looking like something worth having, seeing the end is very satisfying. Like the work God has started in us, seeing what the end for us could and should be.
 

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Looks good and solid. Like the rustic look and the finish. Great job!
 
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