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Country Farm Tables with Reclaimed Barn Wood tops…

January 5, 2012

I am dedicating the month of January to repairing, restoring and refinishing antiques for Shady Lawn Antiques.  When SL reopens in February you will be able see the results of my January labor on display.

I got a bit of a head start on my January endeavors by completing two farm tables and a plant stand in December.  I brought them into the store on the day before Christmas.  These three pieces all had tops that were in very bad condition.  I took the battered tops off of these pieces and rebuilt the table bases.

Two Farm Tables in as found condition...

While the plant stand was more recent, both of the farm tables date back to the late 1800’s.  Their age was evident due to the fact that old square nails were used in their construction.

I re-glued each table and added new wooden glue blocks to the corner joints as needed.  The tables were then sanded to remove any flaking paint and to smooth out their bumpy painted surfaces.

I replaced the top of the white painted table with reclaimed barn wood.  The barn wood was roughly sanded and then inspected for splits and cracks.  The cracks were glued (as needed) and then the boards were cut to size.  The barn boards were attached to the table and were then hand planed and sanded.  Several coats of varnish were applied to the entire table to produce a smooth surface.

Hand Planing the top to a smooth and level surface

I used reclaimed straight grained red-fir floor boards to fabricate a top for the green painted table.  Each floor board had the original finish removed and then it was roughly sanded.  The boards were attached to the table top and then they were finish sanded.  Several coats of varnish also produced a smooth finish on this table.

Green painted table with reclaimed fir flooring top...

The red-fir floor boards are particularly attractive when they are used for table tops.  This reclaimed flooring is significantly more rare than barn wood.

The completion of these table projects was particularly satisfying.  I was able to “save” and re-purpose two tables that had otherwise out-lived their useful lives.   Not only that, but I was also able to use re-claimed wood in their re-construction.

Completed white painted Farm Table...

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2012 12:51 pm

    Yumm.. these are gorgeous! FANTASTIC job!

  2. jack hansen permalink
    January 16, 2012 9:07 am

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/thearts/2017221970_woodart16.html

    Dave,

    you need this

    • January 16, 2012 3:45 pm

      Thanks for reading my blog and thank you for the link to the Seattle article.
      Dave

  3. jack hansen permalink
    January 16, 2012 9:08 am

    tried to send this to your email address but was rejected by your server.

  4. March 15, 2013 8:43 am

    Love your tables and your blog…what type of finish do you normally use?

    • March 20, 2013 8:49 pm

      Thanks for looking and for your kind comments. I normally use satin varathane. I have also used true varnish as well as Spar Varnish – for outdoor (but covered) use. Dave

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