A client came to me with an old firewood holder they wanted to repurpose for an outdoor table. She chose some old barn beams I had in the shop to make up the table top and lower shelf.
The beams weren't wide enough to span the table base, so i joined up two pieces for the top and two for the shelf, keeping the cut sides in the middle so that the existing patina was retained.
The cut ends of the top and shelf needed to be antiqued to match the other faces of the wood. I experimented staining it with some tea, but that didn't get the look I wanted. So I took another approach and burned them with a torch, as shown in the next video.
Antiquing some old barn wood with a torch
With multiple coats of spar urethane, the table is ready to be used outside.