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Project by cmacnaughton posted 10-08-2019 01:59 PM 354 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a farmhouse table for our dining room. The top is 15/16” hard maple with poplar apron and pine turned legs. I did not turn the legs. I ordered them from a vendor in North Carolina.

This was my first project larger than a coffee table so there were a few new challenges. I’m 90% satisfied with the finished product and—more importantly—the wife loves it. Finished size of the tabletop is 36×66”. The legs and apron are painted with General Finishes milk paint applied with a sprayer. The top is finished with GF dye stain applied with a rag and GF High Performance water-based topcoat applied with a sprayer.

This is about 50 BF of 5/4 hard maple from the mill. I doubled the load after taking the picture. I took the picture primarily because I couldn’t believe I was able to fit 100 BF into my Prius with the hatch closed. I only miss my old truck when I need sheet goods!

After glue-up I did some hand-planed smoothing. I used biscuits to glue up 4 9-inch boards. It went pretty well, but there were several areas where the joints were maybe 1/64” or so out of alignment, but they planed flat easily enough. Much of the maple I bought was “character” and there is a spot on one of the boards where the grain goes wonky and it was nearly impossible to plane without tear-out. I did the best I could as a novice hand-planer and then smoothed with an orbital sander. There are slight depressions in those places that were not visible until I applied the topcoat. That’s the 10% I’m not satisfied with on this project.

This is the apron structure during a dry-run, without the steel legs brackets. It’s attached to the tabletop using z-brackets (Rockler) in a kerf channel on the apron.

I had to hand-saw the pretty-substantial chamfer on the legs to accommodate the brackets because I don’t have a bandsaw and the chamfer was too big for a router bit. After one crooked (but usable) attempt, I was able to saw these pretty straight using a Japanese pull saw.

This is a jig I built to drill the holes for my hanger bolts.

This is a dry-run with legs attached.

This is a rack I built for painting the legs. I used the lathe chuck marks (whatever they’re called) to lightly screw into so I could spin these while painting. It took about 10 minutes to build and worked great! The painted view is below.

All in all, I had fun building this. I will sand and paint the chairs to match the apron and legs as time (and weather) allows.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice





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pottz

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#1 posted 10-08-2019 02:18 PM

all in all id say thats a pretty damn nice table,well built.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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cmacnaughton

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#2 posted 10-08-2019 02:24 PM



all in all id say thats a pretty damn nice table,well built.great job.

- pottz


Thank you, sir.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 10-08-2019 03:00 PM

Great table, solid looking as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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cmacnaughton

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#4 posted 10-08-2019 03:30 PM



Great table, solid looking as well.

- Ken90712


Thank you, Ken.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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swirt

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#5 posted 10-09-2019 02:03 AM

Nice looking table. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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cmacnaughton

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#6 posted 10-09-2019 02:20 PM



Nice looking table. Well done.

- swirt


Thank you!

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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