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.

Comments

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RoguePirin made it!(author)2017-01-12

Congratulations on the win in the Tables and Desks contest!

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gprice5 made it!(author)2016-12-02

what kind of epoxy do you use to fill holes? and does it stain if you were to apply stain?

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-12-02

I just use a clear two-part epoxy resin, the kind that you'd use for a bar/table top. My trick is to use an empty squeez ketchup-type bottle to fill the voids. You can get a six pack for a few bucks. Makes it easier to control and less mess. As far as staining, my personal preference is to never stain such beautiful wood.....but, if you want to, you can purchase special powders that you can mix directly into the epoxy.

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dalee made it!(author)2016-12-01

Nicely done! I made a similar table out of clear pine nearly 40 years ago. It has since been passed down to a Daughter. You have created an heirloom that will stand the test of time.

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JohnC430 made it!(author)2016-12-01

WOW!!! again WOW!!!! very nice

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godrules357 made it!(author)2016-12-01

Really beautiful! Reclaimed wood is the way to go whenever possible and I appreciate the many hours of work and skill you put into this project.

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hammer9876 made it!(author)2016-12-01

Beautiful! I really like trestle tables because they don't have the legs in the corners to bang into.

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TeresaM7 made it!(author)2016-12-01

Oh, this is gorgeous! There's really no place for something like this in my little round house, but if my situation changes, I want to build this! Beautiful work.

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-12-01

Thank you! In my opinion there is nothing more beautiful than turning something you saved into a functional piece of art.

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deluges made it!(author)2016-12-01

Great looking table ; you got my vote

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-12-01

Thank you so much!

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Chickim made it!(author)2016-12-01

Gorgeous! you got my vote. I have some old barn beams that we had to replace in our 100+ year old barn. I don't have enough to make such a large table but may do some smaller end tables based on this ible. Thanks

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-12-01

Thank you! I saved up forever to get a small sawmill to be able to build just this type of table. Ive used siding boards in the past but there is nothing like opening up a beam for the first time!

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demxod8 made it!(author)2016-12-01

Very nice. How do the table top and legs piece together?

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-12-01

Thank you. Pretty simply, once the top was finished I screwed 2 boards, that match the base, into the bottom of the table top. These prevent the top from moving too much due to temp and moisture changes. I stacked those boards onto the top base boards and screwed them together from the bottom. Nothing fancy but gets the job done and makes it easy to disassemble.

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sachse made it!(author)2016-12-01

Super Sache aus alt werde neu sehr cool

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mdheath made it!(author)2016-11-30

This looks great, good work.

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-11-30

Thank you!

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Modern+Rustic+Workshop made it!(author)2016-11-29

Stunning. Awesome table!

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-11-30

Thank you!

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timberanew made it!(author)2016-11-29

This is really stunning, a testament to what you can do with some old wood. Fantastic.

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-11-29

Thanks a lot! Just have to get used to ruining blades on embedded metal :)

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ClenseYourPallet made it!(author)2016-11-29

what a beautiful table. I love the look and that it's barn wood. Awesome job

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-11-29

Thank you!

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Swansong made it!(author)2016-11-29

This is beautiful :)

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American+Pioneer+Spirit+ made it!(author)2016-11-29

Thank you so much! It feels better than it looks :)

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