Tassie oak dining table for mum

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Project by Paul Jenkins posted 05-25-2015 07:22 AM 2402 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a table for mum, out of tassie oak (not actually an oak, also goes by the name vic ash) – a very common hardwood in the eastern states of Australia. Similar density to hard maple, though a bit more open grained. All in all a solid ‘moderate density’ hardwood, bordering on the softer side.

Grain filled for the first time using Timbermate. That was interesting – made a massive difference to how much finish was used, and the feel of the table is much much smoother, so I’ll be doing that again. Although mum just wanted oil poly on it, I’m now kinda looking forward to experimenting with french polishing now I’ve figured out a bit about grain filling.

Used “table top fasteners” for the first time, which I’ve seen more commonly referred to as z-clips to attach the table top. Very happy with those, will use them again.

This is the first of the large furniture items she’s “commissioned” me to build – cheaper to buy materials and bribe me with tools than to buy the crap in stores around here.

Video of the build if interested

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#1 posted 05-25-2015 01:27 PM

That is really nice. Did you dilute the Timbermate?

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#2 posted 05-25-2015 09:45 PM

Thanks. Yeah, thinned the timber mate until I could brush it on. Covered the entire top, waited over night (didn’t need that long but I put it on late at night), and hand sanded it off – mostly because I could collect all the dust and put it back in the container, rather than power sander being too aggressive.

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#3 posted 05-25-2015 09:59 PM

Nice looking table. What are the dimensions?

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#4 posted 05-25-2015 10:12 PM

Thanks. Its about 1800×950, at ~750mm high. Top is ~26mm thick, legs are ~85×90

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#5 posted 05-26-2015 12:12 AM

That is just stunning! You really did a wonderful job. I bet your Mum is so happy with that table. I’m also betting your getting a couple of really great Mum’s dinners, aren’t you???

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