Breakfast nook table

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Project by marcb posted 06-29-2015 06:31 PM 954 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Breakfast nook table
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I made this a little while ago but figured it should get uploaded.

Original design based loosely on a bistro table and a beefier farm table.

The top is some beautiful cherry I received during a trade of tools for wood years ago, it had been air drying and was ready to be used.

I put a back bevel on the bottom side of the table that is roughly 15 degrees. This made the table visually “lighter” while still allowing for a table top that is about 1 1/8” thick. More mass to keep the table from bowing and getting moved around easily during use.

The rest of the table is ash that was treated with a wood ebonizing kit (two part kit) making it a nice dark chocolate black/brown. I wanted dark but I didn’t want to eat through my walnut stash and walnut was a bit lighter than I had envisioned.

This kit penetrated deeper than a Minwax stain or die and allowed me to hand scrape the wood smooth after application without destroying the finish. I like the dark color contrast with the cherry but the character of the wood remains (vs painting it black) the grain and features of the wood stand out enough.

I did a lot of the work with a Lee Valley Jack Rabbet plane. I used it to smooth the end grain after the glue up and cut most of the bevel on the bottom (did some with a vintage 605 1/2 as well).

This remains the one and only time I’ve used my taper jig I bought for my tablesaw 10 years ago.

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#1 posted 06-30-2015 03:32 AM

The pic doesn’t do it justice but I bet that’s a really nice top. I like the back bevel, too. It does indeed make it lighter looking.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 06-30-2015 01:14 PM

I like it however my first impression would have been to make a quarter-round or quarter-oblong (if that makes sense) table to fit that spot. Then you wouldn’t have a sharp point sticking out into the middle of the room.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 06-30-2015 01:22 PM

Its sized so that chairs when pushed in are just behind the doorways, but it remains big enough to pull out of the corner and accommodate 4 fairly comfortably when centered in the open area (and theres still just enough room to walk around it)

We’ve never seen an issue with catching the corner – if you cut a corner you would basically run into a chair anyway.

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