My wife and I just bought a new house and for the first time ever we have a formal dining room. So we went and starting looking for the perfect dining room table. We looked at furniture stores in the Dallas area. All we found was cheap tables with a thin hardwood veneer. After a few months of looking on Craigslist and all over the internet, I did find a style of table I like. I love the look of a farm table, the only problem is they are several thousand dollars or made from cheap yellow pine. So I finally decided to take a plunge and build one myself.

Step 1: The Wood

I didn’t know what type of wood I wanted to use to build my table. I knew I wanted some character and I wanted the table to have a story behind it. I was looking on craigslistone day and came across a listing for some reclaimed longleaf pine.  I called the number and asked about the wood. Turns out it was the floor boards from a train depot in Bowie Texas that was torn down. The building was built in the early 1870's. Long leaf pine is the hardest of all the pine species. This wood has a character you can’t find in lumber from a store. It was tight grained and was colored by over 100 years of use. I knew this wood needed to be used again and its story told. Even with its age and abuse it was still good and very usable.
Are you sure it's long leaf? Long leaf usually takes oil great. if I remember all I did was sand it pour on as much Danish oil as it would take. The legs are white pine and they turned dark quick maybe 1 coat. They do sell a light walnut color oil.
<p>Hi. I have a bunch of long leaf pine out of a bar in Austin. I want to make a table like this. I tried the Dark Walnut Danish oil but it absorbs so much that it turns out really dark. Did you do anything to pre-treat it? Or, did you spray it on to get a lighter finish? I've had some luck pre-treating it with water. Thanks in advance!</p>
Watco Danish oil, dark walnut color
<p>Hi, what brand exactly did you use? Im am trying to find this exact stain but there are a few different brands an the colours change dramatically. Any help would be awesome!! </p>
B E A Utiful table Ivan, Love the sheen I see in it! Regards, D
The work paid off. A personal opinion here is that with those large legs a heavier (wider) apron may be more to scale with the overall table.
Wow!!! Thank you for all the positive comments.
Awesome table! Take pride in it. I used to work in an antique shop in MA ans me and my partner would build these things out of old barn siding. Done right, they are popular and can fetch a good price. I hope the woodworking bug has bit you good. Try hand cut dovetail drawers next time.
<p> OOooo wood working porn....</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Good score on the old timber.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I also HATE that crap wheat flake, plastic veneered, stapled together, discount furniture, the spawn of satans uranus, instruments of the devil etc.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Usually bought by clueless, lazy and unimaginative people - who spend 40 hours a week watching TV and don't have the time to make anything.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I like making my FURNITURE out of REAL wood - DO YOU HEAR ME - REAL WOOD... SOLID WOOD....</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> And I do like PINE - pineanus radiata... There is the crappy framing stuff that is good for a lot of things, and there is the really nice furniture grade wood.&nbsp; And it has several good advantages, it's usually light, and for me it's affordable, compared to the Australian hardwoods that come in at about 5 times the price and more...<br> <br> For structural reinforcement, the thicker CD plywoods have their place too.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For the time being it's all I can get and it's fine for what I need.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I also like the boiled linseed oil finish - diluted to about 6 or 7 parts kerosene / turpentine to 3 or 4 parts boiled linseed oil - once dired it's durable enough and a good wipe over every 3 to 5 years - and it stays looking like new forever - where as plastic paint finishes ARE good, but they are horrible in terms of trying to retain the &quot;piano&quot; finish in terms of scratches and dints.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As good as a NICE dining table is, if I can't strip and rebuild all my stuff on it, without fretting about scratching it, I think, &quot;Well what is the table actually for?&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I also hate &quot;exclusive rooms&quot; and special settings..... It's like those horrible ideas of image management, if it's set up like this in a fashion magazine, then that must be the right way to present my home to other people.<br> <br> I'd rather sweep the saw dust off the table with a broom and a towel, and lay the plates down and say, &quot;Here you go, dinner is served!&quot;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I reckon the dining room should be the workshop and the office.... much more interesting...&nbsp; Into using good furniture, instead of giving it the white glove treatment.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p>
That's a beautiful table. my parents had one similar in appearance, though it was bought. unfortunately, they had very destructive kids. the table didn't last past my teen years.
cool table , I have an antique pine table that has turned legs one which cracked in two, didn't know how to get it replaced , I tried repairing it but that just lasted a few months, eBay , thanks ; looks like your table will last a long time , great job . = ph
I'm speechless. Just incredible!
&quot;Norm&quot; would be proud! he might suggest to use 'dutchmen' to cover larger holes, it adds a bit of hand made character to pieces like this. <br>nice job!
It is wonderful You have truly found a great use of older wood and it will last for many, many years.
NEXT, re-claimed lumber chairs???
Oh it is so beautiful. I know you are so very proud that you did all the work for a quality table that is not only beautiful, but durable and will last your children's lifetime beyond just your own. <br> <br>Congratulations on a job done well. <br> <br>I am ever so jealous, It is exactly what I have been wanting for my tiny dining room. A rectangular table like that takes up less space next to a wall and you can put a banquette type seat under it, that is if you make it yourself and voila more walking room till you need it. I have plans myself, just not the expertise to do what I want or the money YET. <br>
HAHA <br> <br>No :3
The steel posts on this table we made from a cart purchased on Craigslist and a top from a door store was from IKEA:http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2010/Home/March/Week4/RDMHomeMar2610.htm#IKEABraceInstall <br> <br>Sincerely, <br>RainyDayInterns <br> <br>
Beautiful table! Congratulations. <br> <br>When I saw photo 2 of step 5 I thought &quot;this dude is crazy, this table deserves wood legs!&quot; Then I sigh of relief, when saw the wood legs. <br>
This is great! Longleaf pine is rare. You sure have a one of a kind table. <br>
The patina on that table is something you just can't buy, fantastic!

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