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help with old table

Posted by jenny_indiana (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 12, 10 at 20:51

I love this table but know nothing about it. It's 12 feet long by about 26" wide. Can you help me with an approximate age or wood -- or any other information, really, based on these photos? I was told it was made from old wood from a barn. The owner thought the table itself is 100+ years old.

I am strongly considering cutting it and reconfiguring it, as the current dimensions don't really work for us.

Thanks in advance!
Jenny

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RE: help with old table

My best guess is that the top is made from tongue and groove southern yellow pine flooring, installed upside down. Probably made by someone with carpenter skills (a carpenter or farmer).


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RE: help with old table

Great! Do you know what the triangular notches on the bottom were for? Do you foresee any problems with cutting it and changing the size?


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RE: help with old table

looks like it was originally v grove paneling, turned upside down to make the table. Maybe the original guy had some old legs laying around and had some scrap v grove paneling to use for the top.

I see no problem with cutting it down. You're not dealing with something of much value.


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RE: help with old table

It is about 5/8" thick. Is there any way to confirm the age of the materials?


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RE: help with old table

That actually looks fairly new, judging by the spacing of the growth rings.

O;d growth pine had much closer spacing. Might be 50 years old. Might be 30. Might be 70. You might try and research that style of paneling. That would be a better guage of age. The thickness is the key.


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