The Big Table: Part 1 The Base

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Project by Luddite posted 09-04-2019 11:20 PM 865 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

4 Sep 2019

Hi all! This may be frowned on but this project(s) really evolved into two separate projects though in the end it became one large project.

The Base:

After 27 years our current dining table needed replacing, not that it was failing just that I wanted to construct it differently using skills I’ve gathered over the years.

The plan was to make a 78 by 40 table to seat 8. I chose to use 6/4 cherry planed to 5/4 for the frame and top. I used 8/4 to make 3” square legs. To not make the table overbearing I recessed the base a foot from eight end and gave it a over 6” spacing on the sides. Using thicker boards will give it stability. On the ends of the base I added two struts that overhand by 10”. These give a nice visual and will aid in supporting the overhang. This also will make it more comfortable sitting at the end of the table. I decided that I should also make the base so it could be disassembled for ease in moving through doorways.

The Start:

Well, thick stock cherry comes in 10 to 12 foot lengths that are 5 to 8 inches wide. The prep work to whittle these down to size only a couple of days. Surfacing, on the planer, these to 5/4 for the frame and work on the legs was a bit too noisy for my wife since her work office is next to my garage/shop.

Well after all the noise the fun part of tenoning, morning and cross lapping were done. The ends were to be a solid piece with a triad of vertical slats. An homage to “phi” with the slats as well as the space created to either side.. The stretcher is a through tenon attached to the end pieces with two long screws from beneath. The side rails fit into a mortised slot and secured to the ends with a metal corner brace using a lag screw. The end struts are cross lapped to the end pieces and a support brace. I tapered these to improve the visual and feel. A quarter inch kerf was cut along the top inside edges for future attachment to the top.

The Finish:

Pieces were pre-finished first and then assembled. I used several coats of Watco oil and layers of Waterlox rubbing varnish. One dried and cured the piece was disassembled and stored.

Thanks for viewing and hopefully this will be credited as a valid project at this point.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 09-05-2019 11:44 AM

Wow, nice build going on here. I especially like the strut-extension idea. Thanks for all of the construction pictures. This table is built to last. Looking forward to seeing the top. Nice work…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#2 posted 09-05-2019 12:05 PM

Very impressive work!

-- Petey

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-05-2019 12:08 PM

That is going to be one super nice table, Terry!!! i like your design!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 09-05-2019 12:44 PM

Really nice project! The cherry is really stunning, and the design is top notch. What will the top look like/ be made from?

-- Pete

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#5 posted 09-05-2019 01:08 PM

very nice

-- Devon

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