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01-05-2014 02:18 PM

A while ago when my wife and I went to visit Bruce (aka CPLUSWoodworker) and his wife, Bruce asked me why I never post my projects.
So just for Bruce, here you go.
Another friend named Robert is a carpenter. A while ago he built an expensive post and beam house.
When the job was finished quite a few beams were left.
He asked me if I wanted them for fire wood , I said “sure”
So we took my 10’ trailer and we went to pick to pick up the beams.
We loaded what we could but we left quite a few beams which were too long and to heavy for us to load.
When they bought the beams to build the house the beams were already quite old, unused but they had been milled quite a few years back.
The beams are 6×12 and 8×16 , and up to probably 18/20’ long.

Those which I took are between 8 and 10’ long.

A while ago I decided to make a farm table with some of the beams.
I have no idea why since I do not need a table.

I ripped the beams on my Unisaw.

The wood is Douglas Fir and most of it is very nice, clear straight grain but also most of it is very badly cracked due I believe to poor drying condition.

The finished table is 7’2” without the extensions and 10’2” with extensions.

I built a simple base.

I like the knots

-- Bert

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 02:20 PM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 02:33 PM

Like that a lot Bert, a whole lot ! And nice score on the beams, now it needs a cofee table, some end tables…


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 01-05-2014 02:36 PM

Nice Table Bert.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 01-05-2014 02:38 PM

Thank you guys.

“There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane’
Amen , music to my hears

-- Bert

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#5 posted 01-05-2014 02:39 PM

beautiful table.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 01-05-2014 02:54 PM

Nicely done

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 01-05-2014 03:44 PM


-- Bert

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#8 posted 01-05-2014 03:50 PM

Great wood, and great work.

Even if you don’t need a table, well worth the effort to create something so nice.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#9 posted 01-05-2014 03:57 PM

Thank you Jim.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 01-05-2014 04:55 PM

A totally unique table ,well done.

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#11 posted 01-05-2014 06:16 PM

Thank you all.

-- Bert

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#12 posted 01-05-2014 08:28 PM


Although you consider yourself to be a “machine guy”

You are quite the wood craftsman.

LOTS of detail on that table

If we know what we are looking for and study the photos, we can see the construction techniques and detail work involved in the project assembly.

And then we can enjoy making good guesses as to how Bert actually constructed the table.

Way good project.

I am so glad you posted this.

As I said, you really should post your projects more.

I know you have a strong belief in not bragging or bringing praise upon yourself or showing off or being better than anyone

Well, this just proves my comment to you about posting more of your projects.

We all want to see the real Bert……………. and the finished project he built.

It a great thing to see something you made that pleases you.

And it is also great to let us see the results of your skills and machines and craftsmanship.

You are SHARING..............and that is WAY different than being “better”.

Sharing.............sharing with people that really do understand and appreciate the stories of how you got the wood ……………and see the effort and skill and craftsmanship that went into the finished project.

WE are all so glad you posted this.


• You are a big-time member on LJ

• You start many really interesting Forum topics

• You comment often and have opinions or knowledge and give good advice on equipment or machines or about their care and feeding

• And sharing what you are making is just being part of the LJ family.

I am pretty certain that the rest of the LumberJocks family feels the same way.

I am also certain many more members will chime in on this.

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#13 posted 01-05-2014 09:01 PM

Thank you Bruce.
Following your example I now have to work on my personal long time storage unit but unlike you,I cannot afford oak, pine will have to do.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 01-05-2014 09:34 PM

Nice! Really, really nice.

What did you end up doing with some of that wood you were getting from packing crates that you believed to be Ash? I’m looking forward to a project report from that score.

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#15 posted 01-05-2014 10:52 PM

Roger, nothing yet.
I need an idea to use it.
We get more every week.

-- Bert

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