It’s raining sawdust and glue… How to make a table

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Step by step, the process of making a table from reclaimed lumber.  First, we had to cut the floor joists from this house built in 1910.   We used chainsaws to get the boards free.

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Then of course getting it out and loading it on the trailer.  Notice Bandit, my dog, peeping out the back glass.

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Back at the shop we had to rip the 12×12 beams down to 5.5x 5.5 for the legs of the table

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Off to the lathe for several hours!   Each one is turned individually, by hand…. and a few knives.

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Each leg takes about an hour with prepping and sanding, but here they are.

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The boards we pulled from the house need to be planned to thickness the straight lined to be glued together.   I lay them out to see the best way everything will fit together.

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Ready for glue!  You can never have enough glue.

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Raining Glue!!!

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Now to the base, I use a lost method of mortise and tenon joinery.  No screws here, each apron is wedged into the leg and set in place drilling holes for the dowels and hammering them in.

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The rest is cutting, fitting, and hours upon hours of sanding… so we will skip that!  Here is the final product once finished with a hand rubbed wax.

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Easy right?  Enjoy!

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