A new dining room set for my wife! #40: Installing the trim and more!

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 06-11-2011 02:09 AM 5474 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Woodworking almost done!

The material for the splines is just some mahogany. I cut a bunch of strips and then ran it through the drum sander to get to to just the right thickness. You can see here how I let it run long and trimmed it at a 45. Then added a 45 to the piece butting up to it. This will add a little more rigidity to the corners where the trim piece meet.

I put the groove in the trim pieces a little lower from the top surface so that when installed they would be just barely proud of the surface of the top. This allows me to remove material from the trim to bring it down to the top. Otherwise I might sand through the veneer getting them perfectly even.

Then a little clamp madness!

You might remember this from a project I posted a couple of years ago.

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Well that’s what I’m going to use to cut down the trim. That and my compression router bit.

Here’s the plain Jane before the finish. Kind of boring:

After all the trim was added I wanted to get a coat of finish on to “lock in” the surface of the top.

Another note about the splines. I will also be using them on one of the top pieces and on one edge of each of the leaves. This will serve to lock the pieces together and make sure that the top surfaces remain level and flush to one another.

It’s turning out pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Next time I install the apron under the table, and that will be the end of the wood working.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 06-11-2011 02:12 AM


That edging really makes the top complete, Gary!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 02:39 AM

Yes, I agree… “Pretty Good”... LOL

... NO…

It’s Exceptionally GOOD! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 06-11-2011 02:48 AM

well done gary

very elegant

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-11-2011 03:07 AM


A fantastic looking table top. Nice job on the design and execution.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-11-2011 03:19 AM


You cetainly know how to make short work of a HUGE project. And it looks fabulous too! We can hardly wait to see the whole set together!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 06-11-2011 03:51 AM

Looks great, but I think you made a mistake on your last comment: “and that will be the end of the wood working.” I am sure you ment ‘this project’.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 06-11-2011 03:54 AM

really nice table gary, its been fun watching it all come together…i know it will be the apple of your wife’s eye…and many enjoyable meals yet ahead , around the table is where the family can come closer together through the years…and better yet that it was a table made by dad…great build…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 06-11-2011 03:58 AM

Superb! I enjoyed watching you make the chairs but the table is equal to them. Thanks.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 06-11-2011 05:08 AM

Great work Gary.

Very nicely organized and executed.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 06-11-2011 05:10 AM

Home stretch. Nice job !

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 06-11-2011 05:56 AM

As usual Gary. Great chops and artistic to boot. Thanks for the blog, learned a lot along the way.

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Gary Fixler

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#12 posted 06-11-2011 09:08 AM

Fantastic! I would bring my plate of food over to the table, then hover for awhile, not wanting to put the plate down on such a pretty surface.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#13 posted 06-11-2011 09:26 AM


Gary, it has been a delight being your online student.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 06-11-2011 02:31 PM

Really great! An excellent work.

-- Bert

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