Grandkids Play Table

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Project by hotncold posted 01-31-2015 08:36 PM 1793 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a pair of chairs for the grandkids for Christmas and they loved them. Shortly afterward my daughter “suggested” that they really needed a table to go along with the chairs.
Back to the shop I went and here is my first ever table!

It’s made from Mahogany with a Walnut and Maple checkerboard in the middle. I made the top like a “giant cutting board”. The checkerboard is not an inlay but rather an integral part of the top.
I tapered the legs and set the aprons back approximately 3/16” from the face of the legs. Mortises and loose tenons hold it all together. The edge profile on the top was cut with a 1/2” round over bit and router.

The table is 24” tall and the top measures 24” x 36”. I used 3 coats of wipe on poly and 3 more coats of spray lacquer on the top only.

It really matched nicely with the chairs.

Thanks for looking and your comments are always welcome!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#1 posted 01-31-2015 08:50 PM

good looking table Dennis, that will be passed on to the next generation and the next.

-- Smitty!!!

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#2 posted 01-31-2015 09:29 PM

That is really nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-31-2015 09:48 PM

Very nice Dennie! As soon as I saw the checkerboard I thought of your cutting boards! Great design!! I love wipe on poly too!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#4 posted 01-31-2015 10:07 PM

Beautifully done. Your Grndkiddos will be there for hours playing games and such.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-31-2015 10:36 PM

Thanks Smitty and Steve. I appreciate your nice words.

Jerry, yea I wanted to do something other than just a plain top and this just seemed easy enough!

Roger, I joined the grandkiddos today and we had lunch (hotdogs) on the table. They loved it.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 02-01-2015 01:16 AM

Great table. My kids would be sitting at this table for hours.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#7 posted 02-01-2015 04:39 AM

You table turned out perfect! love the glue up photo’s, I can just feel the tension that builds up during the process.
Beautiful result in the end.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 02-01-2015 02:50 PM

Hey Dennie – that really turned out great! Some lucky grandkids for sure!

And I have to say again, that sure is one nice shop you got there…....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 02-01-2015 03:07 PM

Exelectrician – Thanks and you’re right about the glue ups. Usually I just “glue and go” but this time I actually did a complete “dry fit”...maybe a first for me!!

Jeff – The grandkid’s grandaddy is the lucky one…and I really do love my shop! When there are no projects going on, I just spend time sweeping, dusting and rearranging! Thank you!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 02-01-2015 03:16 PM

hey, you could come to my shop and sweep and dust. lol

-- Smitty!!!

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#11 posted 02-01-2015 04:51 PM

Great looking table , and making it for the Grandkids is just even better. I bet the Hotdog lunch was fun.

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#12 posted 02-02-2015 08:30 PM

Wow some table, I have one underway for the grandkids as well, however I di not thing I will have a brilliant result like yours.

Keep up the good work !!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 02-02-2015 10:01 PM

Thanks Richard – we absolutely enjoyed the Hotdog lunch (I had to sit on the floor)!

Robert – thanks for those nice words. Looking forward to you posting your project when it’s finished!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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