Maple Farmhouse table

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 04-23-2018 12:18 AM 3238 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is probably my biggest, and most expensive project I’ve done to date. The top is 8 quarter hard maple it is 8 feet long and 4 feet wide.I didn’t weigh it but I’m guessing it weighs close to 7 or 8 million tons. The breadboard ends are pinned with Bubinga dowels.

The bottom is made of various cut offs and cull Lumber from Home Depot. Painted with swiss coffee white.

Now she wants benches.

Thanks for looking,

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 04-23-2018 12:41 AM

That is one heck of a design Caleb. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the joinery on the legs. Regardless, Beautiful project and perfectly executed. Just need more pictures and explanation of execution so I can copy it… :)


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#2 posted 04-23-2018 12:43 AM

Nice looking table, very nice maple top. Looks very sturdy, should be around a few generations.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 04-23-2018 01:20 AM

That is a massive beauty. I like the double pins on the breadboard, they are attractive.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 04-23-2018 03:13 AM

That’s beautiful and massive. If you have time, some pictures of the construction process would be great.

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#5 posted 04-23-2018 09:25 AM

Great job – base came out great.

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#6 posted 04-23-2018 11:46 AM

Cool. Benches suck, don’t do it!

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 04-23-2018 12:00 PM

Wow!!................ that is a great looking table!!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 04-23-2018 12:29 PM

That’s one chunky monkey. Also beautiful. It should around for a few decades – or centuries. Nice work.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#9 posted 04-23-2018 12:48 PM

Simply blown away. Exquisite work. The bubinga dowels are a really classy touch.

Can you share some details about your finishing work? Did you use an oil enamel paint? What brand? How many coats? Also, what kind of finish for the top, how many coats, application technique?


PS – congrats on Daily Top 3!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#10 posted 04-23-2018 02:23 PM

Thanks Mahdee. The leg joinery is just tenoned from the post up to the top and the bottom of the legs. The side pieces are screwed and covered with dowels. I couldn’t think of a good way to join them.

I basically copied what the Homestead Craftsman on youtube did for his big table. I didn’t buy plans but I used his as an inspiration. (I can’t build from plans anyway). This is his video

The paint is Valspar latex brand from Lowes, nothing special. Took about three coats of paint to cover everything. I did a coat of Shellac first to seal it, as I had knots in the wood from some of the pine I used.

The top was Arm R Seal by General Finishes, in Semi-Gloss. I did 4 coats on the bottom and 6 on top.

Thanks again all.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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John Kasparian

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#11 posted 04-23-2018 04:15 PM

Kingly table. You guys now can have more kids, or invite the in-laws to live with you.

-- john

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#12 posted 04-24-2018 12:58 AM

Love the look, and the design is great. Really nice job there. Benches follow the same recipe, you’ve got that part down cold. Gotta make Mama happy.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#13 posted 04-24-2018 01:23 AM

Very neat n nice work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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