Building and distressing a Farmhouse style table #1: The table and its construction

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Blog entry by Kevin posted 08-18-2013 04:47 PM 1606 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I kept the construction pretty simple, trying to keep the rustic look. The table is solid Cherry, some of which is hand picked pieces of wormy Cherry. It seems like a waste to use such nice lumber for a project that will be painted and distressed, but I wanted it to be solid and sturdy and I hope it lasts for several generations. If it lasts, someone in the future may want to strip the paint and finish the Cherry (you never know). Dimensions are 3’ wide x 5’ long and 31” tall. As you’ll see in the pictures I used shop made sliding buttons to hold the top down and allow for expansion. Most of this blog is going to be on the distressing of the project which will come soon. Last picture is from after I finished a little hand planning on the top. I gave the picture an antique filter (just thought It looked right). Thanks for looking.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#1 posted 08-18-2013 06:20 PM

Nice table, looks real good. Has the intended “farmhouse” look, sturdy & functional. It’ll look good in any setting.
I too use the wooden buttons or clips to hold down tops, seems most appropriate, besides its “not costly” – if you get my drift. One thing I noticed in the photo of the clips which you might consider, the grain runs side to side so to say. I always run my grain from back to front of the clip, (thick to thin section) I think it may make for a stronger clip, as grain has a tendency to break along the grain. Anyway, that’s my opinion, which could be hog-wash for all I know.
Is this a keeper or for a client? Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 08-18-2013 07:11 PM

Thanks Tom,
Good eye on the clips. I didn’t even think about the grain until I was screwing them in, then realized the grain was running the length of the clip. I left a 3/8” thickness on the part of clip running in the groove, so I hope they hold up well, I may even swap them out. It is for a customer, someone I work with, so if I keep the existing clips it wont be too big a deal too swap them out if she has any issues.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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