Beveled Walnut Dining Table

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Project by JackMoony posted 01-29-2017 07:12 PM 2381 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I have been wanting a bigger dining table for when we have guests over. Since I have a make-shift shop at home, I waited and signed up for a wood shop class at our community college in Santa Cruz, so that I’d have access to some bigger tools. Before class started, I found a couple designs on the interwebs, and created the model for the table using sketchup.

The table measurements are 38” x 84” and it is made of walnut. I finished it with Waterlox and lots (and lots) of 0000 steel wool.

The biggest challenge of this table was building it to allow for wood movement. Since the legs are pinned to the sides of the tabletop, the table top is trapped, so the stretchers needed to expand. The design I chose was 3 piece stretcher. 2 of those pieces connect to the legs and ride in a dado cut across the table top, and the third part is a piece attached to the center of the table that overlaps each of the other 2 parts. The center piece overlaps using a french cleat that holds the other 2 stretchers in place.

Thanks for looking!

-- Chris Wilder, Santa Cruz CA

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 07:17 PM

Beautiful table, Jack. Well done.

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 08:16 PM

Jack, you’ve done a great job on this beautiful table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 01-29-2017 08:35 PM

Nice work I really like the way the legs are mortised onto the table and blend with the top.

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#4 posted 01-30-2017 01:08 AM

Very nicely done. I loved seeing the underside. I like one.

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#5 posted 01-30-2017 01:11 AM

Gorgeous table. Your finish came our great. I also like the radius corners with the bevel. It looks like you used some pretty heavy walnut. What thickness did you use for your top?

-- AJ

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#6 posted 01-30-2017 02:16 AM

Clever work with the expanding stretcher (stretching stretcher?) Looks great too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 01-30-2017 02:44 AM

Great job! It looks amazing! I love the beveled edges and the stretcher! Great idea

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#8 posted 01-30-2017 02:20 PM

Beautiful and elegant design and impeccable craftsmanship!

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#9 posted 01-30-2017 02:44 PM

Very cool stretcher design!

That finish looks fantastic! I bet that took a good chunk of time!

-- David, Center of Alabama, Clemson Tiger in Hostile Territory!

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#10 posted 01-30-2017 03:24 PM

Very clever joinery and elegant solution to wood movement – since you don’t have any apron between the legs on the long side, do you notice any sag on the table ?

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#11 posted 01-30-2017 04:23 PM

beautiful table

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#12 posted 01-30-2017 05:11 PM

Man that’s a beautiful dining table! I like the overall look of it, and love how you inset the legs into the top, while accounting for wood movement—lovely!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 01-30-2017 06:12 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments!

@AJ1104 – Thanks for noticing the corners—I hand-sanded those using a corner template and sanding blocks I made from bevel cutoffs. They came out better than I imagined. I did use some pretty heavy walnut too! The tabletop is made up of 8/4 stock. Finished thickness is ~1 13/16.

@FenceJumper09 – It did take a long time to do the finish. The “goal” was to finish by Christmas. I finished sanding by then, but the finish took until now. I wish I counted how many time my wife asked, “Is it done yet?” :)

@loupitou06 – That’s a good question. I based my design on a table I saw for sale, so I’m assuming that they did the math! -Ha! But yes, I didn’t see much need for a long apron in this design, since the strength is already there; The tt boards are thick, and the leg joinery is strong. There is some concern that the tabletop could bow or twist. My fingers are crossed—I did the basics—I flip-flop the growth ring direction for the tabletop glue-up to help… But if it does start to sag, I’ll begrudgingly add aprons.

-- Chris Wilder, Santa Cruz CA

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#14 posted 03-29-2018 02:39 AM

Wow, that’s a beautiful table! Congratulations, well done.

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