Introduction: Reclaimed Oak Trestle Table
This table was made completely from scratch using a single huge oak beam reclaimed from a 125 year old barn in northern Wisconsin.
Step 1: Making Boards for Tabletop
After actually finding, hauling, drying, de-bugging and cleaning a 125 year old white oak barn beam, I cut it to approximate length using a Prazi beam cutter. I then bookmatch saw it on my sawmill into 2-inch thick boards.
Step 2: Plane, Join and Glue
After running the boards through the planer I joint the edges using my festool track saw. I then used a biscuit joiner and glue the boards for the tabletop together.
Step 3: Square the Edges and Sanding
I squared off the edges, again using my trusty Festool track saw. I then began the arduous process of initial sanding.
Step 4: Fill Voids With Epoxy
Once I have an initial rough sanding done, I fill all the voids with epoxy. Then sand and sand and sand and sand some more.
Step 5: Finishing the Top
I use an equal mixture of BLO, Tung oil and Polyurethane to finish the top. I ended up doing 7 coats, sanding with 500 grit between each coat.
Step 6: Base Build
I used a simple designed but spiced it up with a mix of color and raw wood - from the same beam the top came from.