The saga of the table

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Project by LoganN posted 09-18-2016 11:55 PM 1582 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year a friend asked me to make a tabletop for him. He was going to buy metal legs for it and affix the top himself. He wanted something with cool grain patterns and he wanted it stained dark. We settled on quarter sawn white oak with a dark walnut stain. My parents were coming to visit for my sons birthday and they were going to take it back with them for him. Well, long story short, it wasn’t dark enough, it was too much money… So I refunded the deposit and kept the table. I wasn’t happy about it, but I didn’t see any other way ou. I kept it in my shop, bungee corded to the wall, and tried to sell it a few times. Finally I found someone interested in it. They came to look at the table top and loved the look and the wood, but… Another long story short, we settled on adding breadboard ends and mission style legs. We found this style legs from a picture on the net – she liked it so I built it.
The build was interesting – I had a few issues. Not the least of which was that I needed to cut off the breadboard ends after I put them on because I had a gap big enough for a random orbit sander paper to stand up in it. The leg build was fun – I was worried about the 3 inch square legs, but they went together fantastically. After I stained the top Dark Walnut, I finished it with minwax semi-gloss polycrylic for the top and lacquer for the base.
In the long run, it worked out for me because I got to built an awesome table and learn some new techniques, but it was an interesting trip getting there

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 12:02 AM

Great looking table! On the legs, did you just have 45° cuts or did you do some kind of interlocking joinery?

-- Martin, Twitter @IowaHomestead or Instragram @JenningsHomestead

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 12:16 AM

Fine work Logan. Nice improvement. Funny how things can work themselves out. Keep it going.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 12:38 AM

Jennings homestead – I did 45 degree sides, jointed them, and used my new domino to align the edges. It worked perfectly and I had really good corners!

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#4 posted 09-19-2016 03:16 AM

very nice table. Nothing ever goes to waste if you just wait a little for another opportunity to show up.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 01:44 PM

looks great

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 08:21 PM

Glad it worked out for you. That quartersawn oak is beautiful. Great job!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 08:55 PM

This is a beautiful table and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 09-19-2016 09:15 PM

Logan, that is one fine looking table. I haven’t seen that design previously and I like it a lot. Personally, that would have been my former friend, but you must be nicer than I am. :D

-- Art

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#9 posted 09-19-2016 10:13 PM

Great looking table. Love the design elements that went into it.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#10 posted 09-20-2016 02:24 AM

What kind of stain was it? Was it gel stain?

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#11 posted 09-20-2016 10:39 PM

Hey guys! Thanks for all the great comments! I really am proud of how this table came out, despite all the issues with it!

JayTay – not a gel stain. Just the standard HD minwax dark walnut

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