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A month ago I got the opportunity to purchase about 28 boards of barnwood and while sorting through the pile I saw this one board and right away I knew what the end project was going to look like. Once I cut the board to size I started my drawings and shortly after I began constructing the table. It measures 52" wide, 13 1/4" deep, by 32" high. It took some figuring out to find a good way to stabilize the "fragile" barnwood. I ended up using liquid nails and a couple (20 or so) drywall screws to secure it to a piece of 3/4" mdf. The glass is rabbeted into the edge trim. The drawers are machine cut dovetails with a chamfered edge detail. Finish was done with a flat black paint, rubbed through, then a cherry gel stain on exposed areas finished off with a few coats of wipe on poly. The base is constructed of solid maple. It was a fun quick project.

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a great combo of elegant and rustic well done
 

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Very nice imagination!
 

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"Quick" project?! Arg. Great piece. Great use of old wood. I've been trying to think of ideas for some old barn wood I have. I like that you get to preserve the original wood while at the same time showcasing it.
 

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Now that's different ….great job and an awesome idea : )
 

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This really caught my eye. The top is such a great display case for that old wood. I really like the simple lines and finish as well. Kudos.
 

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Nice work, I really like this piece. I do a tremendous amount of work with reclaimed lumber. We recently did a 260" counter top in a home theater out of reclimed chestnut and used 1/2 MDF as a backer as well. I find that I have about a 25% attrition rate with the stuff. It also really tears up my knives and my hands :). I like to run my pieces lightly on the jointer, just enough to get it flat but not enough to take off all of the paint and ageing. after that I flap sand it and shoot it. It really looks nice, especially if the barn was painted red!!!
 

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Very well done! You found a great way to use the fragile piece, and show it off as well. Love it!
 

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looks great from here well done Alistair
 
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