Small Dining Room Table

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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 12-13-2018 04:35 AM 1071 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally getting to the dining room table I’ve wanted to make after long term remodeling of our house. The dining area is small. The table is 36” x 44”. It replaces an old colonial set (still have to use the old chairs pictured until we get new ones).

The wood is yellow birch. I’d never worked with it and decided to try it. It works well. Still wondering if the top will be stable as it’s 3/4” thick. Time will tell. I attached it with screws along the center beam that’s parallel with the the grain, and the beam that goes against the grain has a sliding cup that will allow lateral expansion.

The base is a modified shaker looking design with four panels perpendicular to each other. The top is just glued together with biscuits to assist alignment. The base has some glue and, yes, I got lazy. It’s all glue and screws. I contemplated mortise and tenons for each of the slats in the base then decided I could just line them up and use hidden screws. I’ve done lots of tenons in the past. You know, it may take it out of heirloom realm but it’s very strong and looks the same as if I had done it kosher. The table edge is a curved coffee table ease over. The finish is multiple coats of arm-r-seal with no staining.

Now for some chairs….

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 04:43 AM

Great looking table. I love yellow birch. You can check out my kitchen that I made with yellow birch. I didn’t have any problems with it. But I didn’t have any large pieces. Just style and rail.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 10:34 AM

Yer lovely design, great
Really nice job

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 02:00 PM

NIce looking table. The Shakers didn’t tolerate any couples playing footsie. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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