Beetle Kill Pine Dining Table Top

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Project by RockyBlue posted 09-30-2012 01:03 AM 6899 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This heavy table is a full 3” thick solid pine. Its 9’x 42” with breadboard ends. The bases were built by a woodworker in Chicago. Not really my cup of tea on the bases, but it matches the rest of the house. There was a bullet in the wood right on the edge of one of the breadboard ends, which I filled with epoxy. Finish is 3 coats wipe on poly.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 01:11 AM

That table top must be heavy.

Is that really their choice of bases? I Nakashima style base would look great on this.

Great work as always.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 01:18 AM

beautiful table as always.i also don’t care much for the legs but i don’t think they will get much attention with that tabletop.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 09-30-2012 05:26 AM

I wish I could get my hands on some of that pine. All my projects are built using pine as It is all I can afford. That pine is beautiful! I agree with you on the bases. Not too fond of them. The top is gorgeous though. Good job Sir!
- Jay

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#4 posted 09-30-2012 10:56 AM

Nice. I actually like the base. Slick and modern, does not distract from the top, which appear to be floating in the air. This way as massive as it is the table does not look overwhelming or clumsy. I do hope the base is metal though.

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#5 posted 09-30-2012 12:59 PM

That top is fantastic, but, not so much for the legs. My .02

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 09-30-2012 10:41 PM

I think the base does distract from the top. It doesnt look like its floating on air, it looks like is sitting on saw horses. Not classy.

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#7 posted 09-30-2012 10:57 PM

I disagree with the posts about the bases – they may not look right in this room, but in an unfinished ‘industrial’ loft workspace I bet they would fit right in!

As for the top, I have to agree 100% on how be-u-t-full it is! I too hope to get my hands on some of this beetle kill pine to play with someday.

Just my two bits worth….

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 02:46 PM

Pretty, If the base matches the rest of the house I bet it looks great in its new home. You did a great job. Love hearing about the bullet hole. That will be a story that will always be told and wondered about if the story isn’t known already.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 10-01-2012 06:20 PM

Beautiful work RockyBlue! I’m just finishing up my first breadboard table top so I can appreciate how much work you’ve put in to this project. A few questions from a beginner: did you pin or drawbore the breadboard ends? Also, in your experience will the wipe on poly hold up to seasonal wood movement. I’ve read lots of info that talks about being careful to account for wood movement with these traditional table tops. My inexperience usually pushes me to go too far. I prefer the poly finish, but have considered a more flexible finish, like Waterlox because of the movement issue.

-- Working on a retirement hobby, only 30 more years to practice!

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