17 Foot Dining Room Table #1: Latest Commission

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Blog entry by Lee A. Jesberger posted 01-25-2009 07:27 PM 11791 reads 0 times favorited 70 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi Everyone;

I just got the go ahead to build a 17 foot dining room table. This going to be challenging, as it has three pedestal bases, which are heavily carved, have some japanning and gold leaf, in addition to veneering.

The top will be veneered, include some marquetry, have a couple leaves, which will be stored in table structure.

I have to admit, I’m wondering what I got myself into this time, but being the president of the imaginary; ”If It Ain’t Impossible, Why Bother Club”, I just couldn’t resist.

Due to it’s sheer size, I’ll have to re-arrange the shop a bit.

I’ll try to keep a well detailed photo log to keep posting the project details.

Wish me luck!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 01-25-2009 07:31 PM

looking forward to following this one … what is your estimate of man hours involved ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 01-25-2009 07:36 PM

Lee, sounds like a “fun” project. I have to make sure to watch for your updates.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 01-25-2009 07:38 PM

Hi Dan;

Roughly the rest of my life. LOL

Actually, I am still deciding how I will tackle the project, so it’s difficult to say.

I may sub out some things, so it will vary. I will track man hours though.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 01-25-2009 07:52 PM

Can’t wait to see it, Lee. I’m glad I’m not the only one doing stuff like this. I took a commission for a 9’ tall book case. My shop only has 8’ ceilings, so I’m going to have to get inventive, too. Keep us posted.

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#5 posted 01-25-2009 08:02 PM

Lee, as a member of the “If it ain’t impossible why bother club” I have to say that I look forward to seeing how this thing comes together. What material are we looking forward to seeing? I’ll have my eye on this one.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#6 posted 01-25-2009 08:13 PM

Lee, I’m also looking forward to this one. Great love and great achievements involve great risks. Good Luck!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#7 posted 01-25-2009 08:27 PM

More power to you. Wow! I wouldn’t even dream about making something that large. I image that it will be pretty darn heavy also.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#8 posted 01-25-2009 08:27 PM

Good luck! I can’t wait to hear your ideas for tackling a large project within limit shop space. Thanks for contributing!

-- A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ~Benjamin Franklin

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#9 posted 01-25-2009 08:32 PM

I’ll bring my boorm and dustpan and promise to styay out of the way.

Best of luck to you Lee.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#10 posted 01-25-2009 08:53 PM

Love to be a fly on the wall….hay maybe it’s time to install a web cam.

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#11 posted 01-25-2009 09:14 PM

That is longer than a lot of our shops!! I am going to enjoy seeing the construction blog on this one. It does sound like even though the project is intimidating it will be an interesting build.

Have fun.

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

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#12 posted 01-25-2009 09:18 PM

Lee glad to hear this. A place for us to put the Show and Tell for the 2009 LumberJock’s Picnic And we could also serve our picnic dinner on it.

This will be great.


-- 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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#13 posted 01-25-2009 10:14 PM

Geez – With all these guys wishing you support, it should be a real confidence builder for you. I know I don’t need to wish you luck, I’m sure you can handle this no problem for a guy like you. I wish I was there to be a part of it, but I leave tuesday to inspect the statue, and it looks like they’re going to send it to me for working on, YAY!!!!!!!! I don’t have to commute and stay in Palm Beach. You got my support buddy.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 01-25-2009 10:43 PM

A betting man will put money on Lee! Keep chargin!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#15 posted 01-25-2009 11:07 PM

Go get ‘em Tiger!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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