Michelle provided approximate dimensions for her table and I cut out the best of the wood planks for the top. I ran the belt sander for hours to get the boards smoothed down and additional sanding will be required before any finish is applied. The nail holes and gouges in the wood will remain to give it a rustic look and we discussed adding more but she decided the wood looks great as it is.
Shawn and I took Michelle to the Reuse Warhouse to find wood for the legs. A 4”x4” piece of old pine about 16 feet long was the ticket. The pole was possibly from an old tobacco barn and the belt sander made short work of erasing years of dirt. It was fun to watch the ladies spinning ideas as they examined the wood stacked at the warehouse. I think I may be busy for some time to come!
To assemble the frame for the table, I used a Kreg Jig. You can check out the videos on their web site to see how and when this pocket screw device can be used. I endorse it as a product worth adding to your shop.
Michelle decided Mr. Kreg must be very wealthy by now given the usefulness of his invention. Once the corners are joined on two boards with this system, I can not break them apart. The result is a solid and square frame. One piece of advice I will offer is to crank the torque setting down on the drill before inserting the pocket screws. Otherwise they drive right through the end of the board.
I keep a clipboard with notebook paper in the garage for figuring dimensions and sketching ideas. We are not working with a formal plan here, just a picture Michelle found on Pinterest along with our own ideas. The table will be unique. Michelle and I worked out the correct location for drilling the frames so all the legs match up. At this point in the assembly we are only “dry-fitting” the rails. Our plan is to drill the leg holes while the pieces are easy to move around.
My plan calls for a support at each corner to add even more rigidity. I ripped these on the table saw from the full width wood we used for the rails and I can tell you the heart pine is tough to cut.
Michelle is drilling the holes for the bolts now. And in the future she will have safety glasses in the shop! We already discussed that. Don’t want anything happening to those big beautiful eyes. Shawn did a great job capturing the action photos for us. It was the first cold day this fall and while I had the door open to give light, I also had to light the stove to warm the crew up.
It takes faith to hold the wood in place while someone else nails it with the finish gun.
I intend for this table to last forever so each corner support is nailed to tack it in place then wood screws are angled in.
I think the smile indicates one of two things: 1) She likes her table or 2) Her Dad is very witty.
More nailing. The pieces she is adding now will capture the leg and prevent motion in one direction while also providing a place to attach the top. Note the leg is upside down and is in place just for spacing purposes.
At last we can see the table as it will appear when finished. The top is not yet fastened as more sanding needs to be done. Then Michelle will finish with the stain color of her choosing and cover with several coats of polyurethane.
You can’t buy a table like this at the furniture store. The wood has been used twice in house construction and now becomes part of Michelle’s home where it will be a conversation starter for many years. And we did it together which makes it even more special!
I am not sure what comes next in the shop. Is it Amanda’s turn for a project or Shawn’s? Does anyone know where that list of projects went?