Repurposed maple and red oak.

Submitted by powerof2 on Sun, 05/05/2013 - 22:36

Saw a basswood table just like this in Crate & Barrel for $750. And it really needed to be sanded and finished. That made wonder what one made of antique maple and oak would be worth.

I got the maple from a salvage place; three 10 foot 1 x 6s for $5 a piece. The wood looked terrible, but sanding from 80 to 320 helps anything.

Anyway, it's in my bedroom now and I already got a $650 offer for it!

It's the first "real" table I've ever made. I used my pocket hole jig and glue to build it up and it's solid as a rock.

When I do another, I'll do something different to secure the legs.

This is an absolute beginner project and took me maybe a day and a half to sand, build and finish. I sanded through at least six grits and quit at 320 because I didn't have anything finer.

About the only "non-beginner" this is that the height, width and length, as well as the distance of the bottom tray from the top are all Fibonacci relationships.


Estimated Cost
$15. Probably $100 if I'd bought the wood new.
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Old maple with a stripe of red oak.
Finish Used
Good Stuff and carnuba wax.
Recommended Skill Level

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