Paduak dining table made for a friend

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Project by marc_rosen posted 11-17-2019 05:10 PM 997 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone,
(I’m slowly catching up on posting past projects, this one is from Fall 2015)
One of the Grad Students in my lab asked me to make a dining room table for his family. After touring a few lumber dealers together his wife selected a >14 foot x 44 inch Paduak slab which was incredibly flat. I made a special table in my garage to work on the top. I cut off 30 inches from the ends and removed a wedge shaped center section from each to create the legs. To reinforce the glue joint I added a long cleat at the top and a shorter cleat with anti tip legs at the point where the lower stretcher penetrates. (The anti tip legs were suggested by a friend – a professional woodworker – who advised that I put them in to prevent any end to end rocking that may take pace with three toddlers in the house.) The pressure plate around the lower stretcher protrusion is to spread the force of the Walnut pegs, again to minimize stress directly on the glue joint. I wanted to arrange the legs as they came off the slab but their slight taper required me to set the cut-off edge on the floor.

The table was made to be easily dismantled for moving and I was able to transport it one trip (on a bright SUNNY day) to my friend’s house. Screws were used to secure the upper stretchers to the legs after the Walnut pegs were hammered tight. The top was attached to the stretchers with buttons, screwed into its underside and fitted into shallow mortises in both the stretchers and the long cleats at the top of the legs. My friends also requested Forever Glides which gives the table a slight levitated appearance.

This slab was the widest I ever worked with and its rings indicate it came from the outer edge of the log; I can only guess the entire tree must have been greater than 60 inches in diameter. To smooth the bandsaw cut surface I hand planed the underside to see how well I could use hand tools but I was not pleased with its appearance and ended up sanding both top and underside. The entire table was finished with Arm-R-Seal, the top receiving a prior coat of shellac, and as promised I was able to deliver it in time for their Thanksgiving Feast.
(And speaking of feasts, I treated myself to this pizza on my way home from setting up the table.) Thanks for looking, Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#1 posted 11-17-2019 05:19 PM

Nice work, Beautiful Table.
I drool for a piece of wood like that.

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#2 posted 11-17-2019 05:54 PM

Beautiful table Marc with some interesting details. Excellent work!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 11-17-2019 06:39 PM

work like that deserves more than a mere pizza.that table just glows from the incredible slab of the legs you made.not sure i like the choice of chairs they picked though,but hey you did your part in creating an heirloom that will many thanksgiving dinners.beautiful work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 11-17-2019 08:20 PM

Marc, amazing table. You made the wood the star, but the joints are perfect. Nice work!

-- Petey

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#5 posted 11-17-2019 09:10 PM

That table is spectacular looking. I had no idea that Padauk grew that big. Can you share how much a slab that big costs?

-- John D, OP, KS

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#6 posted 11-17-2019 10:49 PM

Awesome table! My friends don’t have pockets deep enough for me to build a table like that.

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#7 posted 11-18-2019 03:10 AM

Hey Gang,
Thanks very much for your comments and compliments, I really appreciate reading them.
Pottz, I really wanted that pizza, it’s made at a restaurant owned by one of my friends (the guy who got the Cherry Wine Cellar door) and the chairs you saw are so much better than the ones they had when I delivered the table.
awsum55, they paid $1,800 for the slab and Woodmaster1, both are doctors.
Thanks once more guys, .. ..Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#8 posted 11-18-2019 06:44 AM

Thanks Marc, in my mind I was pretty close. I know if I had the money and saw a slab like that, it would be hard to walk away from. Again, that is an incredible looking table.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#9 posted 11-18-2019 07:24 AM

When I saw this, I was thinking, man, he paid a fortune for that slab. I would consider 1800 a fortune. But the end result is worth the money.

This is some really really fine work. Looks like that table will last forever. I think I would live in fear every day with a slew of little kids around it. I would be like, hey, get away from that, you are not allowed to go anywhere near it; and make another table for them to sit at.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#10 posted 11-18-2019 02:03 PM

Very impressive work. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 11-18-2019 02:58 PM

Wow – I can’t imagine a better use for a slab as beautiful as that! Awesome!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 11-19-2019 02:31 AM

Superb , just stunning.

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

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#13 posted 11-21-2019 06:38 PM

That is a beautiful table. I really like they way you did the legs and supports. Great job!!

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#14 posted 11-25-2019 02:59 AM

Brian, Swert, Sras, Anthm, and Tim,
Thanks very much for your compliments, they are much appreciated. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#15 posted 11-27-2019 01:13 AM

Work of art and function. Love Paduak

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