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


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.


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


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.


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


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!