Rustic Dining Table

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Project by Dave S posted 11-27-2010 09:41 PM 2128 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first-ever project. A dinning room table for our new house. The goal was for it to feel a little rustic, so it was a good first project. Structurally, it’s amazingly sturdy. The finish could use work – didn’t know about wood sealer when using pine yet, so it’s splotchy. that said, it doesn’t look that way in natural light. Also didn’t use stainable glue, so some joints didn’t stain.Countersunk and then pegged screws on the top and on the legs to make it look like quality joinery. ;-) Lastly, rounded off the edges/corners of all of the tabletop pieces to make it feel more rustic.

Neat feature: Inset hotplates. I used 8×8 in squares of soapstone leftover from our kitchen countertops and set them into the tabletop.

Finish is minwax Special Walnut and three brushed coats of Spar Urythane.

-- Faking it 'till I make it.

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 10:20 PM

From one amateur to another, I like it. I like the added touches and freelancing with technique. Keep stretching your mind and abilities and keep reading LJs. I know I am learning a lot from others’ ideas, pictures, comments and forums. Don’t be afraid to ask how to do things on this site. People often give great advice – for example “how do I stop pine from blotching”. Good luck.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 10:23 PM

you did a great job…i like it….the taper on the legs looks good and the blotchy look is not very noticeable , now that you have a new home…keep on making furniture for it…that’s what i did…if you like rustic …check out my projects and you can see the furniture ive made…it was a ball…and i feel great knowing it did it…you will get the same satisfaction…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 11:01 PM

Dave, Looks pretty good. The addition of the soapstone is a neat feature.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 11-27-2010 11:03 PM

Wow that is a spectacular table. Rustic is usually a bit splotchy anyways. I use Mineral Spirits prior to Staining it, it tends to work as well as sanding sealer. And if you don’t get to staining right away it doesn’t matter. But it does still needs to be moist but if it dries you can just wipe some more on. Well anyways you can test it out if so desired and welcome to the forum. Great work keep it up.

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#5 posted 11-27-2010 11:43 PM

Well, this is some kind of a nice project for a first one. It’s telling me that you’re on the right track buddy! Over the years I learned that there are no mistake in woodworking, only new design opportunities. And you proved it again. Congrats! This is good and nice work.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 02:11 AM

Beautiiful and love the finish. All the quirks add to its character

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Dave S

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 07:23 AM

Many thanks to you all. Nice thoughts from accomplished folks!

-- Faking it 'till I make it.

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 02:59 PM

This table looks terrific- and the pine gives a naturally distressed look and I really like it. The table design has a bit of Shaker/Mission feel which I personally love and it looks great with your mission chair. The insets are a unique touch as well.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 05:55 AM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 11-29-2010 06:47 AM

-crazy -i just made a file box/table in walnut that would match perfectly! -only…rustic was just what happened, not part of the planning! This table looks even less rustic! It is beautiful!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 05:28 AM

Nice job! I think I speak for everyone here when I say that when it comes to this craft you have just have to back the car outta the garage and start making sawdust. In your case you came out with a mighty fine table to show for it! Kudos! keep up the good work

-- I know its around here somewhere...

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#12 posted 12-20-2010 12:40 PM

Nice project. Making it yourself you get the quality you want and don’t skimp.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#13 posted 12-01-2011 02:35 AM

I love the hotplate idea! I had considered inlayed slate when building my dining table. Neat idea.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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