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Pine sleepers for coffee table rather than oak

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by agebpt, 1 Aug 2012.

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    Hi all. Found quite a lot of detail about using oak sleepers as a coffee table and the process involved, but I was wondering if anyone had had much experience using Pine sleepers, such as the ones available from wickes or other DIY stores. Not just due to weight /cost but I'd heard they don't split as heavily as oak sleepers do.

    I've created a fake lintel on our fireplace, which is made of Oak, but if I finished them both with a nice wax, would they look ok or would there be a definite difference between the finish?

    Any thoughts would be great, thanks!
     
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    Pine always looks like pine no matter what you do to it but why does that matter
     
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    well it was just that would a pine table and an oak lintel look ok in the same room - nothing wrong with pine obviously, but not really used the 2 woods together before. but guess if there will be an obvious difference between the 2 after being sealed then it may be better to stick with oak.
     
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    A coffee table made of sleepers? Who will help you move it aside when you want to hoover the floor?
     
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    The cheap sleepers you get in DIY stores will be preservative treated, don't know if this matters to you or not.

    As said, you can stain them to a darker colour, but pine will look like pine.

    As they will be relatively fast grown pine, likely boxed heart, they will split a fair bit.

    I would try to sort one where the pith is slightly more to one face than the other, the cut a grove to that face to the depth of the pith, creating a split on purpose.

    I assume you will be leaving the sleepers to dry somewhere first?
     
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    The wifey moves ours, small but powerfull [the wife I mean]
    Its highly polished so slides across the carpet.
     
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