Conference Room Table and Chairs Completed

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 11-11-2015 02:32 AM 2115 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little project is been in the works for almost 8 years. Yes, you heard right. 8 years. Now, it didn’t take that long to finish this project, it just took that long for it to be delivered and I built a new house and 1200 square foot shop that took over 2 years.

The table and chairs were made from the wood of only one tree. A huge red oak tree blow down in a storm. Here is a slideshow of the journey from tree to table.

This project started as a huge conference room table and when we saw the metal folding chairs, well it screamed for matching chairs. I delivered the table in December 2008 and I started the chairs in January 2009. I made all of the parts for the chairs and held them. The church ordered the chairs as donations came in and I would assemble and finish.

I developed a loose tenon mortise jig, blogged from the start of the table to the delivery, and learned how to upholster seats. The young fella helping me load the lumber to go to the kiln is now married. The lady that first approached me about the table and donated all the lumber was diagnosed with cancer and has since passed on. I sent her husband a photo of the finished table and chairs today. He was very pleased and said he knew she was smiling.

The table and chairs was a long project and I am really glad it is complete.

Thank you, Jean for your vision, your leadership and your generosity. RIP

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 02:36 AM

Impressive effort and result.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 03:49 AM

I am awe, the execution, the patience, and the sheer perseverance to see this project through.
It will serve your church for many years to come.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 11-11-2015 03:50 AM

Nice work.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 04:10 AM

Diligence and perseverance are evident in this impressive project!
Good work indeed!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 07:01 AM

This is great craftsmanship but also a great story, Thanks for sharing. My first thought seeing the picture was a consistory table….. and maybe I’m right?


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#6 posted 11-11-2015 12:47 PM

Beautifully done. The consistency of grain is gorgeous. What did you use for the cross inlay?

-- Anthonyhbm

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#7 posted 11-11-2015 01:06 PM

Dutchy, I had to look up ‘consistory’ and yes… I hues you could say that. It’s for the meeting of the ‘vestry’ of the church.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#8 posted 11-11-2015 01:07 PM

AnthonyHbm, the oak I used for all of this is from the same tree. The inlay is black walnut.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#9 posted 11-11-2015 01:33 PM

Great job. I appreciate all the input when I did a similar project for our church. Enjoy that new shop.

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#10 posted 11-11-2015 02:43 PM

It is about time ya got all those chair parts outa the shop.
Way to go Sparkles. Well done as always.

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

Great Job! I like your table and chairs, plus your patience indeed.

-- Young, California,

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#12 posted 11-11-2015 04:17 PM

Beautiful and very impressive. One massive undertaking, great work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#13 posted 11-11-2015 06:39 PM

This is one massive table and a boat load of chairs. You have great perseverance to have finished this project.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#14 posted 11-11-2015 07:05 PM

Epic…way to stay with it. Looks great

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#15 posted 11-11-2015 07:57 PM

That is a very nice set for a conference room.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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