A new dining room set for my wife! #41: The end is here.

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Blog entry by GaryK posted 06-11-2011 04:33 PM 7042 reads 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, the woodworking part is finally done. Just the final finishing left!

This will be the last post in this blog. The next time you see it it will be 100% complete and posted as a project!

Here I’m mocking up the position of the legs to measure the lengths for the apron pieces

Then it was back to the router table using the same jigs I used to do the aprons on the chairs, but this time for the aprons on the table.

Then I got the length for the cross pieces and the hanger bolts. I want to make the legs removable or else it would be too difficult to move.

Here is the cross piece mounted to a leg. I made a large hole in the cross piece to be 100% sure that any leg will fit in any corner of the table.

Here is the final mock up before I attach the apron permanently.

Here is one corner after the apron is permanently glued and screwed. You can see the holes on the edge of the aprons. I used a brad point bit the get a flat bottomed hole. Then drilled a clearance hole for the screw body. I used metal screws because they were flat under the head so I could apply them very tightly. If I were to use flat head wood screws, the angle under the screw head could have acted like a wedge and split the wood.

You can see on the cross piece that I used flat head wood screws but with a washer under the head to prevent splitting. The only reason I did that was because I didn’t have the correct length screw. I will replace then I get the right length screws.

There is also about a 1/8” gap between the cross piece and the leg.

I was lucky enough to be able to take the steel extenders off my existing table and use them. It’s the only part of this entire job that I didn’t have to make myself.

Well that’s it. Almost 2 months work!

I hope that you enjoyed following along as much as I enjoyed blogging about it.

Now on to my next project!

You can see the finished project HERE.

-- 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 04:41 PM

Congratulations on a great job and a very complete and informative blog Gary.
That’s a huge job and I really admire your energy level to get it done.

Well done !!

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

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#2 posted 06-11-2011 04:42 PM

Thanks Gary for sharing. I have learnt a lot of secrets and techniques that I can not even found in some books or magazines. I know your wife will be really happy on the new dining set. Give my regards to the family as you first have dinner on that beautiful table. Mabuhay and God bless.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 06-11-2011 04:44 PM


you have made a treasure

not just an heirloom for your family

but a tutorial for all that dream

this series will be the one
for any future LJ’s to use
to move up to dinning sets
with confidence

thank you for including us in this build

enjoy that first special meal
and all the ones to come

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 06-11-2011 04:45 PM

... And a VERY fruitful & rewarding two months!

Thank you very much for taking the tedious time to take the pictures and comment on them!

You did an excellent job!

That 1/8” clearance tip was especially useful… I guess it provides a very strong Spring factor to the connection.

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

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#5 posted 06-11-2011 04:46 PM

You have done an excellent job building and sharing the entire process of your dining roon tables and chairs. I surely have enjoyed all of it. The first meal served on it will definitely have to be special. Maybe some Gumbo?

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#6 posted 06-11-2011 04:49 PM

Your next project should be a very fancy dinner with friends and family that will appreciate your accomplishment. I’m hoping you post finished pictures as a project, with a link to the build blog so I can favorite it.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 06-11-2011 05:04 PM

How about a nice Texas Prime Rib with all the trimmings?!

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

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#8 posted 06-11-2011 05:09 PM

Congrats on a great blog! Very informative and fun to follow along. Now we will look forward to the final project posting – when’s dinner?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 06-11-2011 05:19 PM

Super job Gary, thanks for all of the lesson you shared along the journey. The project is beautiful, you have won tons of brownie points with Mrs Gary.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#10 posted 06-11-2011 05:23 PM

Congratulation of a fine accomplishment Gary!
I haven’t posted on each of your blog steps but have followed along and studied each one.
This is going to be a beautiful project when you post it and I thank you for taking the time to blog
all of the steps and process. I learned a lot for when I attempt a table for my wife.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#11 posted 06-11-2011 06:04 PM

As always, Gary, I have learned so much from following this. Thank You for taking the time to document and post the progress. I’m sure it added time to the to the completion date.

Hope you post a picture of this loaded with the Thanksgiving feast!


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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 06-11-2011 06:07 PM

Congrats and great job – both on the execution and sharing. It has been a fun one to follow!

When Momma’s Happy – Everybody’s Happy:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Scott Bryan

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#13 posted 06-11-2011 07:04 PM

This has been fun to tag along with you on this one, Gary. The way you have handled the “firsts” on this project has certainly been an inspiration. It is these that usually leave me scratching my head and causing a great deal of angst that ultimately end up slowing down the project. You have breezed through this one pretty easily.

I am looking forward to seeing the project post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 06-11-2011 07:37 PM

While I haven’t been commenting, I have been watching. You are a great woodworker, as well as an excellent teacher. You have shared a lot of excellent information, and we thank you for all the extra work you did blogging the build. I know very well how that can slow down your work.

Thanks again Gary.


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#15 posted 06-11-2011 08:11 PM

Gary: A grat looking job on this table and chirs.

Great documentation also.

-- 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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