First "Real" project - Farmhouse style Dining Table

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Project by CarlTuesday posted 05-07-2014 01:08 AM 2676 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The story will need an update, but here is my first ever “real” project. Before this I’d made some plywood cabinet-type construction, some miscellaneous pine panel items, my workbench, and precisely one spatula…

The top is where most of the effort & $$$’s went. Its primarily a 4/4 hickory top, edge jointed and glued up for the main table top panel. The outer rails are from 8/4 mahogany, but due to a “slight” error I ended up needing to make the top a bit wider – thats why I ended up with those narrow 4/4 walnut strips in between the mahogany and hickory.

The mahogany ends are “breadboard”, and drawbored/doweled on. These were an education in using a plowplane, lots of hand mortising, and patience.

The base is mostly pine, with the idea being I can replace it later as time & money might allow. The joinery of each end frame is basically “half lap” to save time from full M&T. The long table rails between each end frame are simply pocket screwed because the joinery is hidden & it will allow disassembly if we ever need to move.

The bottom stretcher is the only “showy” part down there – half lap dovetail, and set in with hide glue so it too could be removed if needed to break the table down to a top, two frames, and three long stretchers/rails.

Most work was done by hand, with exception of long rips and a power jointer was acquired about halfway through the tabletop milling process.

Finish on the top is a mix of Watco danish oil (not much) and many coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin, with a final thin gloss coat.

The base is solely arm-r-seal.

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#1 posted 05-07-2014 03:38 AM

Nice project! I like the walnut strips. It adds depth. Funny thing about mistakes. Sometimes they are innovations. :-)

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#2 posted 05-07-2014 03:42 AM

Very nice table! I can understand why you woiuld buy a jointer halfway through hand-planing all that hickory!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#3 posted 05-07-2014 07:02 AM

Thanks… Yeah the Hickory was a bear to work on and helped me learn a lot about patience and sharpening…

The walnut did work out really well, I think. Basically I had the Hickory glued up and realized the thicker mahogany would just barely hang up on the frames since it was thicker to make the table edge look right. I would’ve needed a whole bunch more mahogany if I were to remake the side pieces and rabbet them or something… Just adding another Hickory board was out since I went through so much effort getting the Hickory pattern just right, and couldn’t find the right board to make it wider while still being balanced. My wife suggested a darker wood with some brown that matched the Hickory and off I went.

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#4 posted 05-07-2014 12:33 PM

Good recovery.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 05-07-2014 06:41 PM

nice job

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#6 posted 05-07-2014 10:49 PM

beautiful table!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 05-08-2014 12:20 AM

It’s not a mistake—it’s a design feature! Great looking table!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 05-08-2014 01:09 AM

Strong work. I think the top is awesome, stripes and all.

-- Steve

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#9 posted 05-08-2014 05:56 AM

Very Nice Indeed Carl! Thanks For Posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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