Refined Rustic Dining Table in Burr Oak, for a Kansas Flint Hills Stone Home

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Project by Mark A. DeCou posted 08-13-2007 03:21 PM 8847 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This customer wanted something “different” for their beautiful Kansas Flinthill’s Limestone Prairie home. We selected Burr Oak for the wood, finishing it without stain. My goal was to use the natural edge on the outside, and find boards that had as much character and as many knots, as I could find.

The “Burr Oak” log that I bought for the table top was wide enough at it’s center for two slabs cut out splitting it down the middle. I bookmatched them up the center of the table, and added 3 walnut dovetail butterfly keys along the length of the glue joint.

I used a hanched-tenon joint with walnut pegs to hold the bread board ends on the end of the table.

Here is the matching China Hutch
Here is the matching Chair Posting

thanks for looking,
Mark DeCou

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Want to See More of my Furniture Work?:
If you go to my Mark DeCou Website you will find that I have not updated my website in quite some time. I realize that I need to invest in improving my website, but until that is accomplished, here are some more Lumberjocks related lilnks with updated postings of my furniture work, sorted into categories. Thanks for your interest in my work, and your patience with my website.

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-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#1 posted 08-13-2007 03:31 PM

Very nice table. I hope to do a natural edge table someday and would enjoy seeing a blog on how you did this.

Thanks for sharing

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#2 posted 08-13-2007 04:01 PM

Beautiful furniture!!! It’s always a pleasure to view your projects and read your detailed description of how you accomplished your good result. It was nice that you could go over and see your project, and that you will be able to “fix” some of the problems that are related to wood movement.

I have heard of people who moved to places like Arizona, where it is so dry, who had a lot of damage to their furniture because of the change in humidity. We are always learning about this unique material we use called “wood.”

Thanks for sharing these pictures and for reminding us of some of the very real problems that are associated with wood movement.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 08-13-2007 04:14 PM

I’ve been “dithering” lately myself over what to build for a dinette that I’ve recently installed in our motorhome. This table of yours with it’s “natural rustic edge” is the idea that I’m looking for. A rustic table in a camper? Perfect! Thanx Mark!

By the way…excellent table! Love the hutch too! Very beautiful and artistic work Mark.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#4 posted 08-14-2007 03:02 AM

Mark -

Your many examples of work on here have been an excellent study for me just over the past week since I’ve become addicted to this site. This table is another fantastic example. After reading one of your articles a few days ago, I ordered Nakashima’s “Soul of a tree” and hope to be able to reflect some of this style in my future projects at least half as well as you have. This is just great stuff.

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 08-14-2007 12:45 PM

As usual from you, this is a remarkable piece of craftsmanship. Someday people will be wanting furniture with the DeCou look, if not already.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 08-14-2007 10:21 PM

Love it. I need to start reading Nakashima!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 08-15-2007 12:58 AM

Speaking of reading, I just picked up Krenov off of ebay. It is my next read. Perhaps some day I can aspire to create something you would admire as much as I admire your work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 08-15-2007 08:02 AM

Exceptional work, Mark. Wish I could afford one of those. Beautiful table and chairs.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 08-22-2007 10:41 PM


That set is quite a project. Breadboard ends wit natural edges. Wish I had your creative vision.


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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 08-26-2007 10:01 PM

I knew this table from your WDC photos. I’m glad to hear the rest of the story.

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#11 posted 08-26-2007 11:50 PM

Mark: I appreciate your tour of this table and your customers for being willing to bring a carload of people into their home.

The table is even more impressive in person, than you see in pictures. It’s a great job and a learning process. It’s nice that your customers are so willing to live with wood movement and say when it gets all acclaimated then you can come back and touch it up.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 01-11-2008 06:35 PM

Beautiful set Mark!
Your workmanship is outstanding.Your love for people,wood and design show in your work.
Thanks for sharing.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#13 posted 01-11-2008 08:28 PM

I missed this one before. Excellent set! I gotta make myself one.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 06-15-2008 03:13 PM

Awesome Mark. You are a true craftsman and artist.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#15 posted 09-14-2010 12:06 AM

One of my favorites!

-- GX

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