Dining Room Set

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Project by billb posted 05-11-2010 08:29 PM 2065 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We wanted a new dining set and my wife had certain criteria for it. The first was that the table had to be an oval shape. The second was that it had to be of light, natural wood, and the last was that I had to take advantage of the two stained glass pieces that we had. This set took in all of them. The table and chairs were constructed entirely of solid maple. The china cabinet was constructed of maple plywood and solid maple. Since I had to use the stained glass panels, I made the doors first and then designed the cabinet around the doors.

The table legs are in a different layout also. They are centered on the ends and the center of the table. The carvings on the legs were done with a dremel but all the other carving on the table, the chair backs, drawer fronts and the china cabinet top were carved by hand with a shallow gouge and lots of hours. The finish is four coats of Bartley’s Get Varnish except the for the table top that has a dozen coats.

The doors on the china cabinet have european concealed hinges and the panels on the bottom doors are made from 1/4 inch thick, solid maple.

The chairs were assembled with biscuit joinery and my wife and I also did the upholstery job on them with material that matches our living room furniture.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 08:50 PM

What a great job. This is exceptional. You must be very proud. I’m particularly impressed with the quilted maple table top. You don’t see maple like that very often. Can you reveal where you got it?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 08:53 PM

You did a gorgeous job on that maple. It’s just beautiful. Great craftsmanship and eye for detail, and yes the stain glass is beautiful and worth saving, you couldn’t have matched it with a better wood. My whole kitchen is hard maple, no panels just good hard maple, beautiful!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 08:58 PM

Beautiful! Just beautiful!

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 10:10 PM

I really like the chairs! Did you follow a design or make them on your own?

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#5 posted 05-11-2010 10:35 PM

And it looks comfortable to sit at…

-- Be safe.

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#6 posted 05-11-2010 10:45 PM

Beautiful dining room set.

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#7 posted 05-11-2010 11:15 PM

Thanks for all the compliments. We really love the set and enjoy it everyday.

I did design the chairs myself but it is a pretty straight forward Southwest style except for the carved backs which I did to tie in with the table.

Rich, I’m not certain what you mean by quilted. I got the maple from a local hardwood store. It was rough 8/4 thickness and I planed it, glued up the boards, sanded it out, and then carved it with a very sharp, shallow gouge that I consistently sharpened so I wouldn’t need a mallet. I could just push it forward through the maple at a slight angle. Thanks for your comments.

-- Bill, Austin, Texas,

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#9 posted 05-12-2010 01:24 AM

Very nicely done. You did a beautiful job on these pieces. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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