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Hickory Dining Room Trestle Table #5: Apply Finish and Final assembly

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Blog entry by PPK posted 12-19-2019 01:59 PM 1237 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My goal is to have the table completed for Christmas so that we may gather around it for Christmas dinner. I’ve achieved this goal!

I wiped on one coat of Danish oil to all the wood parts. I chose to finish all the parts disassembled.
Danish oil just applied:

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Then I let the Danish oil cure for a couple days and started applying Arm R Seal poly.
Some pictures of the finish right after a fresh coat:


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After 3 coats of poly, I assembled everything. I’ll save the overall picture for the project post, but here are some partial shots of assembly!

Fastening the skirt/apron with figure 8’s. I used a bit of paste wax on the figure 8’s just to ensure that nothing sticks together and allows for free wood movement. Overkill? I don’t know. But really easy peace of mind…

Securing table slides to the frame:

Set the frame on the base, and also test-fit the leaves in their storage spot:

Attached the table top to the base:

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I’m pretty pleased with the way everything turned out with a couple exceptions:

1) one of the leaves cupped a little bit. I had milled/sanded all the surfaces to quite near perfect, but I guess hickory doesn’t want to stay flat. It’s not too noticeable unless you sight down the length of the table when its empty.
2) My plan for the table locks didn’t quite work out. The table slides are in the way, so I’ve got to figure out something different or place them in a non-conventional spot. Still working on this one.

Check back in a few days for the project post to see the final product.

In the meantime, prepare for the coming of the Infant Jesus, our Savior!

-- Pete



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stefang

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#1 posted 12-19-2019 02:35 PM

Looks like some excellent craftsmanship and a beautiful design too. You will be dining in style this Christmas! My only experience with hickory is with baseball bats, but I have heard that it can be very difficult wood to work with.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-19-2019 04:44 PM

That’s either an enormous table or your helper shrunk, Pete! ;-)

I made a cutting board of hickory, and had to plane it flat multiple times. It eventually stopped moving, but it took a while.

Looks very nice!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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PPK

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#3 posted 12-19-2019 05:13 PM

Haha! Yeah, I didn’t really notice that. Perspective in the picture is kind of funny. He IS a small boy (with a big personality) but not as small as he looks.

And Hickory does move a lot. That’s just facts.

-- Pete

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#4 posted 12-19-2019 05:14 PM

Wow! That is going to be one very gorgeous table! Can’t wait for the finished product. I put in some hickory kitchen cabinets in my last house and I think the color contrast of hickory is very striking, but I have never worked with it. Great job!

-- DannyW

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#5 posted 12-19-2019 06:40 PM



Haha! Yeah, I didn t really notice that. Perspective in the picture is kind of funny. He IS a small boy (with a big personality) but not as small as he looks.

And Hickory does move a lot. That s just facts.

- PPK

yeah that’s funny he looks about 6” tall.the table is gorgeous,i love the contrast of the wood,really beautiful work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 12-19-2019 08:18 PM

Excellent work. Hickory is my all time favorite wood. Some hate the look, but for me it reminds me of home in Carolina. It is tough, tight grained, takes a plane or scraper finish like no other wood and ages to a very subtle color variation. It is sold for firewood here in Virginia. Of course so is red oak, but this is a fair use for that critter.

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#7 posted 12-19-2019 09:25 PM

Really fantastic work, I’m jealous. Beautful.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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PPK

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#8 posted 12-19-2019 09:39 PM

Thanks for the kind comments, fellers!

-- Pete

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#9 posted 12-19-2019 10:29 PM

Wow. I’ve made some small projects with hickory. Love the look but can be really challenging to work with. Nice progess pics. The one with the little guy made me stop as others have noted…I was thinking that is one big table!!! Enjoy using it – although it’s so pretty I would have a hard time seeing any spills,etc. Merry Christmas :)

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 12-20-2019 03:47 AM



Haha! Yeah, I didn t really notice that. Perspective in the picture is kind of funny. He IS a small boy (with a big personality) but not as small as he looks.

And here I was wondering if you’d just given him a bath in too hot of water so he shrunk. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 12-20-2019 02:00 PM

Just outstanding and beautiful work!

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