Dining Table

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Project by Ben posted 10-23-2010 08:03 PM 2639 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table began while looking for lumber for another project. I came across a stunning piece of 8/4 curly cherry that I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with, but was sure that it could make a great piece of furniture. I spent several months mulling my options and came up with this.

I cut most of the cherry into veneer and and laid it on the top. The core is two sheets of 3/4 plywood, and both sides were veneered (the bottom has cheaper non-curly cherry). We recently expanded to a family of 5, so I wanted to maximize our seating arrangements around this table so that 5 could eat comfortably around it. We stuck with 4 legs, but pulled them in closer to function a little more like a pedestal base. As you can see, it has a leaf (or more accurately, will someday have a leaf). As I was working the final fit I realized that the leaf was far from flat, and just needed to be re-built. I needed to get this project done and didn’t have time to fix it, so that will come at some later date.

I finished it with General Finishes Enduro Varnish, which is a water based finish that cures like an oil. It went on real nice and so far looks like a good finish. Of course, only time will tell.

Photography, patience and design support are thanks to my lovely wife.

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#1 posted 10-23-2010 11:48 PM

A great addition to any family, large and small.
Now I know where/who to go to for my next table!

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 02:08 PM

Beautiful table Ben!

Did you brush, wipe or spray the finish?

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 05:18 PM

An unusual and beautiful design and superb craftsmanship not to mention fantastic wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 05:23 PM

awesome table. great design. great execution. be proud of it.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#5 posted 10-26-2010 03:00 PM

Very nicely done, sir. Bravo! to you and the missus photo skills.


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#6 posted 03-04-2011 07:39 AM

very nice table. where did you find the slide gear mechanism?

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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