Ash Dinning Table #4: Just about done!

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Blog entry by TimberMan posted 02-13-2009 05:05 AM 1653 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I got lucky with two weekends in a row with warm weather. This gave me several opportunities to get some coats of finish on the table.

I ended up bringing in the base and assembling that this past Monday. I did not glue the mortise and tenons due to the size of the table I want to have the ability to take this apart if needed. I fabricated some aluminum braces to hold the apron to the legs. I also made some wooden braces to keep them square. I wanted to give it a few days to cure in the house before I clamp and screwing the extra corner braces.

I was trying to figure out when I would be able to get some friends to come help me carry the top into the house and yesterday while my financial planner (we all need help in this market) was over he offered to help. I didn’t know if we would be able to do it but we managed. The top must way well over 400 lbs. I don’t know for sure of the weight but 4’x10’x2” of ash is not light.

I still need to put the extra corner braces on and screw the top to the table but it sure does look good sitting in my dining room. I couldn’t be happier with it.

Here are some final pictures that I have taken. Sorry for quality. That is what you get with a Blackberry!

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5 comments so far

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 02-13-2009 05:07 AM

I love ash. This is a good looking table.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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John Gray

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#2 posted 02-13-2009 05:37 AM

Now that’s a bread board end!!!!
Beautiful table, very very nice.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 02-13-2009 05:12 PM

That’s a great looking table. Ash is a good choice for table tops because it doesn’t dent easily. I made an ash trestle style dining table many years ago and still have it. When my wife fell in love with a cherry table she saw in a store I moved the ash table to the shop. It’s not my assembly table and will be useful for many years to come.

-- Don aka Basset Hound,

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#4 posted 02-13-2009 07:08 PM

Thanks for the compliments. I really liked working with ash. It is such a hard wood. I tried to add some distress marks on it and found that I really had to take a wack at it to make the marks. I think it will stand up will with two kids.

I had originally planed to taper the legs but after seeing them square and the size of the top I thougt I would leave it as beefy as could be. I have very happy with the results. I figure I will let it sit for a good week or so before using it. Can’t wait to sit with the family and have the first dinner at it!

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#5 posted 02-14-2009 03:36 AM

Looks nice!

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