Country Kitchen Table

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Project by douglbe posted 06-17-2009 02:07 AM 7932 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Country Table for my brother and sister-in-law. Red Oak table top, the apron is popular (which I got at the same price as select pine, because the yard was out of pine), and the legs I turned from 4X4 Douglas Fir. First time I turned any thing of this size and I copied the legs on there kitchen chairs. Lots of practice and patience (which ran a little short at times and had to walk away), but I certainly learned a lot. Painted with a gloss enamel and the top I filled the grain with diluted poly and sanded while wet, I then applied 8 coats of wipe on poly which I made by adding 50% mineral spirits and a coat of furniture wax. This is the first time I have used wipe on poly and I really liked the way it goes on, so easy to work with and very little sanding in between coats and I am happy with the results.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#1 posted 06-17-2009 02:54 AM

Hey Doug
Very cool table looks great. I like the contrast of the red oak and green paint. Well done.


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#2 posted 06-17-2009 04:55 AM

Nice table, clean lines and I like the found space with the drawer in the apron. Was the most walk away times related to the concave turning below the second round from the top. I have recently reactivated my lathe. That has been the hardest aspect for me to turn. The gouge has a habit of grabbing the higher material and digging. Even with a fingernail grind and careful rotation of the shaft.
Really like the table, great work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 06-17-2009 01:30 PM

Hey Doug,
Very nice table design and finish…......great job.

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#4 posted 06-17-2009 02:26 PM

Doug – Great table. I was recently approached by a family to do this exact style table for thier covered porch/outdoor room. Looks great, and very solid. Kudos on the self-turned legs!!

-- Derrek L.

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#5 posted 06-17-2009 03:04 PM

Thanks guys. socalwood: I attached the top using table top fasteners from Rockler, they work great and allow for wood movement. BTKS: Most of my walkaways were when I was practicing, especially the beads. I got to where I was turning the beads to the left quite well, but the to the right was a different animal and I still have trouble with that direction. I rounded my skew using Al Lacer’s method (from the Feb/Mar 2007 American Woodworker), which I think is easier to use but takes a lot of practice, just that one direction is my nemesis.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#6 posted 06-17-2009 10:49 PM

Great work! That’ll grace your brother’s kitchen for years to come!

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#7 posted 06-17-2009 11:29 PM

Just perfectly proportioned and made I like the green and plain wood it goes well.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 06-18-2009 05:58 AM

Thanks Doug,
I’ve read where some guys just take old files and grind in the bead profile they want and make a job specific tool. Kind of a glorified scraper / cutter. One radius on one end, another on the other. Just an idea. I’m still having my greatest nemesis with the inside concave cuts. Good luck and good turning.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 09-29-2009 01:15 AM

Great job on the table.

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#10 posted 07-24-2010 04:42 PM

Very “Country” looking. Nice.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#11 posted 05-29-2011 11:05 PM

Just stop to take a look at your table to get some ideas, I want to build a kitchen table too. Very nice job. Great looking legs. Take care.

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#12 posted 01-10-2015 03:48 AM

Love this table – basically what I’m looking at doing, maybe a more “weathered” top with some reclaimed wood. Just got into lathe work and I’m instantly obsessed :) Btw, hello from another Northern Michigander (Traverse City here!)

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