Oak Dining Table

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Project by squaretree posted 04-22-2014 06:16 PM 2396 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dining room table I built a few years ago. We had just moved into a new house and I had a bit of a deliemna. We needed a dining table, but I didn’t have a place for a proper shop in that home. I wasn’t about to go and BUY a table from some furniture store. That would be woodworking blasphemy! :) So, I came up with a really simple design that I could execute with just a few tools. The entire table is red oak. For the top, I special ordered two 2’X8’X 1 1/2” thick oak slabs from Menards. If you’ve never seen those, they are made up of a bunch of thin oak boards glued face to face (which makes them quite stable). I glued the two slabs together, added some breadboard ends, and routed the edges. That’s what I call an easy table top! The base is made out of red oak that I pulled off the shelf at Menards (my planer was in storage), and I just designed it to require as few cuts as possible.
In the end, it’s not the table I would have built if I had all my tools on hand, but I’m pleased with it. I had a total of $500 in material for this table, and I certainly could not have purchased a quality table for anywhere near that.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 07:21 PM

I dont’ think I could make this even WITH all my tools! Looks great. Very clean and classic look.

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 10:02 PM

Very nice work great looking table, it has that Frank Loyd Wright feel to it.


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#3 posted 04-23-2014 02:37 AM

Purdy. What are the outside dimensions? I’ve been wanting to build a trestle dinning room table, but more of a mediaval style.

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 02:47 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.

LJackson, I believe the top ended up being 46×94. I was a little nervous about leaving it so wide, but we have a large dining room. I ended up being very happy with the size. If we ever move into a smaller house, I could easily cut down the top and even shorten the trestle if I needed to.

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 03:15 AM

Looks great to me. Simple is good.

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 09:39 AM

A very nice table, well made and beautiful wood… thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 04-23-2014 10:14 AM

Great looking table

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#8 posted 04-23-2014 01:57 PM

Very beautiful. Truly a family heirloom.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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