Oak dining table, with walnut accents. Retirement is good for woodworking!

  • Advertise with us
Project by tallpaul posted 03-24-2019 04:39 AM 2458 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table as a downscaled version of a table shown in a book from the editors of Fine Woodworking, called In the Craftsman Style. This one should seat six comfortably. The original was all oak, though there was also a lighter version done in maple. My take on the basic design included walnut feet and vertical slats, as well as walnut pegs for the m&t joinery. I’m a fan of using contrasting (complementary?) species in my work. Finish was Danish oil and wiping poly, then followed by a poly/tung oil/linseed oil blend. We shall see how that stands up to daily use; I didn’t want a “plastic” looking finish. To my eye, the design is solid and should stand the test of time. I did learn some lessons about mixing rift sawn and flat sawn lumber, and a bit of quarter sawn grain ended up in the mix. A second version would have me making more careful grain selections, but I do like the table, and here it shall remain : )

Now the room calls out for some chairs built in the same style. I think I’ll use the credit card for that though- six chairs and all the requisite joinery is a bit daunting!

-- tallpaul

16 comments so far

View BlueRidgeDog's profile


884 posts in 1020 days

#1 posted 03-24-2019 09:34 AM

Well done. Are the legs glued up 8/4 stock?

View Terry O's profile

Terry O

163 posts in 2505 days

#2 posted 03-24-2019 09:46 AM

Very nice table!

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

View JimYoung's profile


426 posts in 2828 days

#3 posted 03-24-2019 10:26 AM

Judging by how this fine table came out, I would say you should start on the matching chairs! Well done.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

View stefang's profile


17040 posts in 4575 days

#4 posted 03-24-2019 12:20 PM

Wonderful looking crafts style table. You did some really nice work here. I once made a craft style chair prototype from pine. It came out pretty good considering it is the only chair I’ve ever made. The chair I built was also from a plan featured in FW magazine, and I found it to be a rewarding build. I had hoped to make of lot of furniture for our house in this style, but my wife wasn’t that keen on the style so I had to let it go. The chairs aren’t really that difficult if you have some good templates, and in production mode they should be relatively quick to build. I hope you will give it a shot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View EurekaB's profile


1 post in 940 days

#5 posted 03-24-2019 12:44 PM

Wow, that’s beautiful. Love the craftsman style and coloring.

View EarlS's profile


4752 posts in 3589 days

#6 posted 03-24-2019 01:14 PM

Your table looks great!!!

You should make the chairs. There are plenty of good plans out there (Fine Woodworking has some). Once you have the templates and jigs set up for the first one, the rest come along for the ride. I think you will be more satisfied with chairs you make to go with the gorgeous table you made here.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

View Tom's profile


294 posts in 1133 days

#7 posted 03-24-2019 03:24 PM

Gorgeous table. Great work. Love it!

-- Tom

View tallpaul's profile


40 posts in 4997 days

#8 posted 03-24-2019 03:48 PM

Well done. Are the legs glued up 8/4 stock?

- BlueRidgeDog

Well done. Are the legs glued up 8/4 stock?

- BlueRidgeDog

The lags are 3/4 stock glued up with a lock miter joint. They are hollow, but the areas where I did the joinery were made “solid” with a wood core.

-- tallpaul

View Woodmaster1's profile


1852 posts in 3828 days

#9 posted 03-24-2019 10:24 PM

Awesome table! You are right woodworking is great for retirement. I am in my shop almost everyday. Some days a lot gets done other days not so much. But everyday is better than working.

View TungOil's profile


1384 posts in 1736 days

#10 posted 03-24-2019 11:09 PM

Looks great!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

View swirt's profile


6625 posts in 4213 days

#11 posted 03-25-2019 02:10 AM

Very nice design and i like the contrasting colors. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

View AJ1104's profile


1362 posts in 2901 days

#12 posted 03-25-2019 12:14 PM

Your table came out great. I love the contrasting walnut as well as the deep tones in the finish. Overall a gorgeous piece that deserves six of your own chairs!

-- AJ

View Calmudgeon's profile


516 posts in 2669 days

#13 posted 03-31-2019 02:26 PM

Nice job. That’s a great centerpiece for any dining room.

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

View Grumpy's profile


26812 posts in 5092 days

#14 posted 04-01-2019 12:46 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

View seadonkey's profile


20 posts in 1729 days

#15 posted 04-03-2019 03:18 AM

This is just absolutely gorgeous. I showed my wife and she wants one now. I don’t suppose you could upload the plans for me?

-- I mostly make firewood...

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics