Mission Style Dining Table

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Project by ShakerBoxMaker posted 09-21-2009 12:12 PM 12100 views 33 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table using quarter sawn white oak. I finished it by adding a cherry stain and spraying two coats of Shermain Williams water white conversion varnish (catalyzed). It measures 42×60 closed and had 2 12” leaves that store in the table (not shown). I needed to hinge the skirt on the leaves to allow them to fit and still need to add the felt to the cross braces to prevent them from scratching as they will be stored face down.

I’m looking for a good chair design to go with it if anyone has plans or a good suggestion. I don’t want them to be too massive. Our 8-year old must be able to move them!

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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Stanley Coker

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 12:33 PM

Great looking table. I love the leg design at the bottom of the legs.
Great Job. Please post the pic of the storage ideal for the leaves when you have it finished.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 12:48 PM

Nice job.

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 03:09 PM

It’s a beauty. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 03:09 PM

I’ve have my chairs picked out, looking for a table. Definately like yours. Try this

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 03:39 PM

thats all you can say its beautiful. nice work

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#6 posted 09-21-2009 03:42 PM

Excellent work! I love the design. Did you design it yourself? I really like the flair at the bottom of the legs.

Great job!

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#7 posted 09-21-2009 03:48 PM

That’s a really nice looking table. There’s a good looking Stickley Brothers Mission chair in the Woodworker’s Journal December 2008 that might go really nice with your table. The feet are shaped to match sort of. Show us the chairs too when they are finished. Looks really nice.

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#8 posted 09-21-2009 03:54 PM

I really like it. Excellent work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 09-21-2009 04:03 PM


Love the construction details, the wood, design, color – EVERYTHING!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 09-21-2009 04:17 PM

Beautiful. A-Z

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 09-21-2009 04:20 PM

This is my favorite style of furniture. The exposed tenons and arched stretchers add nice touches to the table’s appearance.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Mike Gager

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#12 posted 09-21-2009 04:48 PM

very nice!

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#13 posted 09-21-2009 05:57 PM

Awesome table! The link above is for the Rodel chair:

Rodel Chair

I’ve also got plans from American Furniture Design to build these chairs:

American Furniture Design Chair

I like aspects of both. I like the spindles running down to the stretchers on AFD chair, but I really like the dovetail joints on Rodel’s chair. I may end up making a hybrid of the two.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Mike Gager

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#14 posted 09-21-2009 08:58 PM

i think i like the rodel chair a little better. only thing about the mission style chairs is the front edge of the seat at the corners, i wonder how comfortable the edge would be where the posts are? i guess it wouldnt be bad for skinny folks but us bigger guys might find it uncomfaortable.

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#15 posted 09-21-2009 09:02 PM

That’s a sweet one I like it a lot. keep going and have more exiting things to show your old uncle Alistair

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

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