Usually I build props and set pieces for the film industry and don't often get to try my hand at "real" carpentry, so everything I'm outlining here is a mix of me making up things up and otherwise reading tips from wood-working magazines. If you spot me doing things in a totally bass akwards way, please let me know your thoughts in the comment section - I always want to learn better ways to do things! ALSO: if anyone knows an easy way to rotate photos within the Instructables site I'd love the head's up!
So... I got a pile of old barn board under a tarp in a pile behind the train tracks near my place; I was really excited about how aged and beat up they were. However, they ranged in thickness from about 2" to almost 4" so I had to plane them down to get an even thickness. Unfortunately, by the time I shaved each piece down to uniform thickness the planks were nearly 1 1/2" thick - I almost could have just used standard 2x12 stock :-P OK, here's how I made this table:
Step 1: Welding the Base
Step 2: Make the Planks
Step 3: Plane the Boards
Step 4: Jointer the Edges
Step 5: Clamping and Gluing
Step 6: Staining and Top Coating
Also, now that the stain is on it seems to bring out what almost look like burn marks in the surface???
The urethane top coat is doing the same thing; it's sucking up in some areas and others are staying shiny. Kinda frustrating. I'll wait 8 hours then sand it and wipe it off and then try another top coat.
All in all I'm not sure that I'm as happy with the stain and top coat. I normally use water-based stains and seem to have better luck with them. Any tips and advice here would be appreciated!
Step 7: Finished!