Catrina's Kitchen Table With Benches-Quarter Sawn Red Oak

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Project by lobro4 posted 05-21-2010 04:23 AM 6993 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had spent the longest time looking for a table for our dinette area and finally conceded that it was up to me to build it. Why? The size: 48”x48”. Why? With six kids, a method to seat everyone without having a ton of chairs floating around—using benches seemed like a good idea. Guess how many furniture stores—showroom or online—had such a combo? You got it! None. I decided to use quartersawn wood for the table top and bench tops as I wanted them to be ultra stable. If you can believe it, I had not had pipe clamps until this project. What an idiot I have been doing all these projects without them. Glue up was such a breeze and effortless using them. The table is 48”x48” with a table height of 29”. The top itself is 1 1/2” thick. The legs were purchased from Osborne Wood products. The benches are 47”x16” with a seat height of 20” and the tops are 1” thick. The bench legs were a special order from Osborne as well with a stock pattern of the table legs altered to make the 17” bench leg. Table top and bench tops are quartersawn oak. Headers and footers on the table leg assemblies and headers of bench leg assemblies are red oak. Legs are red oak and are attached to the assemblies via lag bolts with the appropriate pilot holes drilled out. Everything sanded to 120 grit. Stain color is Minwax Early American. Tops are poly and everything else is sprayed on post-cat lacquer done by a local finishing shop. (Thanks, Virgil!) The pictures: First is the entire set. Second is a close up of the table top showing off the grain. Next is a set of pictures detailing the table leg assemblies. Last is a detail of the bench assembly. In the background of this picture you can see a couch-high computer table built about 18 months ago—built in the same pattern with red oak. Thanks for looking.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 05-21-2010 05:59 AM

Beautiful work! Solid and graceful. Great woodworking!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 05-21-2010 06:12 AM

I love QSRO it looks so nice. Nice job. Im curious why you didn’t use typical apron to leg joints in the construction of the table and the benches? It seems more intuitive than the slightly more visible bolts and table top clips. I mean it would have been easier to hide that stuff on the inside.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#4 posted 05-21-2010 01:11 PM

To maximize use of table space and benches, I wanted to get the legs away from the corners, hence the leg design. Secondly, this table is HEAVY so I needed the top to be removable. Thirdly, from the sightline of sitting on a chair or standing, the bolts and clips are not as visible as these pictures from low level.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#5 posted 05-21-2010 02:56 PM

Very nice! I like the way of connecting the feet – it looks very stable that way. Clever.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 05-21-2010 03:25 PM

Outstanding!! Nice design, like QSRO.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 08-08-2014 06:24 PM

What type of hardwood flooring is that?

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