Curly maple hall table

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Project by Mcnervy posted 05-09-2010 05:56 PM 1849 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project
I made it 8 years ago
I was covered with stuff until yesterday so I could not post it till now

It was made when I had very few tools
I used the router Table to joint the boards
had a 100$ ryobi table saw
The top is built with splines in grooves in every joint
and blind splines in the miters
The hardest part was the half lapped crossed stretcher
I used one jig to cut the flats on the legs and the mortices in the legs
multiple coats of poly with stain in it
I was Very Happy when I made it
I would probably do every thing different now but I loved it then

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 08:12 PM

For a first project and that too with limited tools ,I think it’s remarkable! I must check out your latest projects :)

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 05:23 AM

Looks very nice to me. How’re the miter joints holding up on the corners or is that a current picture, not eight years ago?


-- Jim

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 03:32 PM

Current picture
I am suprised that nothing has happened
In fact my chess board needs repair because of uneven growth, I took it out to show it off and a split had occured. it sucked.
I think that the splining in this table has just resisted the movement
Each joint in the top has a full length 1/4” thick poplar spline that extends 1/2 inch into each board
They were loaded with glue, That was before I knew about squeze out affecting finishes
There are probably intense forces that change based on humididty and temperature
It is really the worst design because the grain runs front to back meaning that on the tables length there are huge amounts of fibers that expand.
It is layered with tons of poly which may help to stabilize the movement.

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 04:56 AM

What a drag. That’s why I give all my stuff away. I think under the right circumstances, wood movement doesn’t produce visible failure. Most furniture restorers will tell you that antiques aren’t built to mitigate wood movement. Antiques are just the pieces that got lucky and most all of them show some signs of wood movement damage. Weird huh? Hopefully, you’ll pass the table on and it will last for generations.

-- Jim

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 05:21 AM

That is a very awesome first project. How are those miters doing? Have the stayed put?

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