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How to Build a Dining Table From Salvaged Lumber (page 2 of 2)

Reusing instead of throwing away used materials like lumber can help reduce the need for harvesting new trees and diverts materials from landfills -- plus salvaged lumber makes for unique, one-of-a-kind furniture.

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Step 7: Unscrew the Wood Strips

Now that the skirt is complete, flip the table over and unscrew the 2" wood strips. Cut the top to the desired length with a circular saw (This project was 72" long by 33-1/2" wide, which allowed for a 3-1/2" overhang on all sides from the skirt).

Step 8: Distress the Table

If you’re going for an "old world" feel with the table, distressing it will give it a great look. Try using various sharp implements that will make random holes and marks on the table, then follow it up with a torch for a charred look.

Step 9: Mortise the Area for the Iron Bands

Mortise the area where the iron bands will fit by making a shallow cut with a circular saw that will be the outline of the bands. Go back with a router and remove the rest of the inlay area.

Step 10: Bend the Iron Bands

Bend the ends of the iron bands with locking pliers so they will hug the edges of the tabletop.

Step 11: Attach the Iron Bands

Carefully slip the iron pieces on using a hammer and block, gradually pushing it toward the center of the table until it reaches the routed area. Attach them with four carriage bolts.

Step 12: Add the Finishing Touches

Now it’s time for finishing touches. Seal the table, sand it down and stain it. Be sure to cover the iron with tape while staining to protect it.

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