Dining Setting

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Project by Rob posted 08-31-2007 08:47 AM 1927 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone.
If anyone’s looked at my homepage you will have seen this. Its actually two projects. One was the table.
I received in the last week of November couple years back that dreaded phrase, “my family’s coming for Christmas dinner. We had a plastic outdoor setting for four as dining central and there were 14 people coming to eat!!! Never mind, a few boards of Tassie Blackwood, some dowels and belt sander and voila. A 1.8×1.8m square dining table. We looked spectacular on plastic chairs of various ilk sitting around this.
The second project was originally going to be 10 Red Gum dining chairs to match the table. Took weeks to find one batch of RG. By this stage, I had a few planes and a Leigh FMT. (A beautifully engineered device.) Also bought a Domino half way through them. Three weeks later I had 8 chairs made and upholstered in New Zealand wool. I still have the entire frames for three more chairs sitting in the shop. We didn’t need them. The table design is mine, the chairs came from a Popular Mechanics book of table and chair patterns, with some minor modifications. Since I’ve only been making furniture for three years, it was a major project to begin with. (I only had 1 1/2 years experience at that point.) The chairs are 20” wide at the front and give great support and comfort when dinner table discussion mellows to solving the problems of the world.




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#1 posted 08-31-2007 10:18 AM

I can attest to the beauty of these two projects. The table is spectacular with Rob’s famous friction finish. The chairs are indeed very comfortable.

Looking forward to one of those long mellow dinners, Mate. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 08-31-2007 12:39 PM

gorgeous – jump right into the big projects. That’s what you should do, alrightee! :)

Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 08-31-2007 01:23 PM

Really fine. Isn’t it interesting how many of us started to build furniture because we couldn’t afford what we needed or wanted. I wish I could have some Red Gum to experiment with. I wonder if any one imports it to the US?. Again, Rob, great job.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 08-31-2007 04:29 PM

When I hear “my family is coming to dinner” the only thing I make is reservations. lol


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

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#5 posted 08-31-2007 05:32 PM

Wow impressive, keep up the great work.

-- Jeff B.

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#6 posted 09-01-2007 12:42 AM

Quote Thos.Angle: ”I wonder if any one imports it (Red Gum) to the US?”

Thos, in one of his blogs, Rob comments on the availability of Aussie wood from a US distributor. He rightly suggests Jarrah as a more stable, easily workable alternative to Red Gum. Although slightly different in appearance, it is a preferable furniture wood.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 09-01-2007 06:22 AM


-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 09-04-2007 01:01 AM

Beautiful! – I especially love those chairs! ...and I can appreciate how much work it is to design and build chairs! – nice work!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#9 posted 09-05-2007 06:16 PM

Really nice! Great work on all the pieces!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 09-05-2007 07:39 PM

Beautiful work Rob and I agree with Schroeder that the chairs are just outstanding. Great stuff.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 09-08-2007 06:19 PM

I Really Love the whole set up. great work. and just look at that Shine.

-- Jason, Wood Working Has Taken Over My Life. And I Love It.

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#12 posted 09-08-2007 07:42 PM

Great work. I really like these chairs. I wish I had a copy of that article, I would like to make some of these.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 09-08-2007 07:47 PM

Rob, do you have the title of the book. We might be able to find it on Amazon or eBay. Thanks.

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

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