Quarter-sawn white oak, drop leaf dining table

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Project by Jaybird719 posted 06-26-2010 04:48 AM 4437 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a 54” drop-leaf table I built for my mother’s kitchen and presented to her this past christmas. The design is loosely based upon a table that she saw and liked at the pottery barn. I couldn’t let her waste her money on their furniture, so I decided that I would build something similar in a wood that matched some of the other pieces in her kitchen. The frame and table top are all solid quartersawn white oak. The shelves supporting and covering the basket are mdf panels with qs white oak veneer. I decided to use slip tenon jointery since I had fairly some involved glue-ups on the frame. I built this project for table class that I was taking a local community college, so I was fortunate to have access to a horizontal mortiser. Though time-consuming, it made the 48 slot mortises required in the 4 legs and each frame member much easier and quicker to accomplish.

The finish is a qs oak finish that I came across on fine woodworking… ...please pardon my messy basement in the pictures… ...I took these photos when I had completed my build, but had to dismantle most of the table in order to travel the 600 miles to my mom’s house. Once I had it set up in my mom’s kitchen, I forgot to take a few photos of it.

This project was lots of fun and the largest project that I have tackled yet… ...I experimented with a type of jointery that I had not yet tried and am pretty pleased with the way it turned out. The best part in all of it was thought was the look on my mother’s face when she saw it put together for the first time.

Thanks for looking, and feel free to comment and/or question.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#1 posted 06-26-2010 06:15 AM

Very nicely done. You did a great job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 06-26-2010 08:17 AM

Great project. I like the idea of that extra storage compartment!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 06-26-2010 09:35 AM

That top is something to be very proud of. That is a beautiful table.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 06-26-2010 03:15 PM

Beautiful !!! Great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 08:30 PM

Fantastic work. It’s the perfect inspiration for the table I am about to start working on. I found a very beat up qs oak table top on craigslist and now I have to put some legs under it and give it a major facelift. Thanks for the pics.

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#6 posted 06-30-2010 03:54 PM

Thank you all for your comments.

Hey doc… ...glad you like the top. I must have spent about two hours laying the boards out on the bench – changing them around and flipping them over until I found the arrangement that you see there.

MakingAMess… ...good luck with your project.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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