Stickley 599 Dining Table in Sapele

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Project by edapp posted 02-25-2020 08:50 PM 1629 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another fun project coming from Robert Lang’s books. This table was a fun build, and is really pretty simple, but the thickness of all the pieces made it a much longer process than it would have been otherwise. I used Sapele because I didnt want to use oak (open grain) and the price is right with Sapele. Also it matches my kitchen counter (can see my blog post about that). There is a ton of visial interest in the quartersawn sapele and the top is a real eye catcher.

I started with 8/4 sapele, and the legs are 2.25” thick at the base, 2.75 at the top supports, and the top is 1.75” thick.

I used a 1/4” mdf sheet as a template for the legs. The “show side” of the bases is a 3/4” veneer cut from some choice, wide boards so the grain is consistent. Laminated to 1.5” stock. I laid out the boards in the top to have a symmetrical grain, which gives the table an elliptical look. Maple keys.

Finishing process was dark walnut danish oil, which helps darken the sapele from a pink to a bronze color, and then many coats of arm-r-seal gloss. Final coat on the top was arm-r-seal satin. This finish has held up remarkably well on my kitchen counters for 2.5 years now with no special treatment or re-application.

Thanks for looking! Now we are likely going to order some nice chairs to complement the table, and a rug with less red in it. No chance I am going to try the chairs, this table took me almost 4 months!

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#1 posted 02-25-2020 10:35 PM

Beautiful table, you did a magnificent job on this, or did your little shop helper do most of the work?
Seriously, great craftsmanship, the outcome is really nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 02-25-2020 11:57 PM

Sturdy and beautiful! Noted as a favorite.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#3 posted 02-26-2020 02:26 AM

Beautiful table. Sapele is nice to work with and the grain pattern is cool

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

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#4 posted 02-26-2020 02:47 AM

Absolutely gorgeous. Great wood, and nicely executed. Shop helpers that take a squat on your wagon vise…. no comment ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 02-26-2020 02:55 AM

Very nice table that really grabs your attention. I am also a big fan of sapele and didn’t know about using the dark walnut danish oil. That is a great finish to this beautiful table. Congrats on a great job.

-- AJ

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#6 posted 02-26-2020 03:58 AM

Great job, that’s a beautiful table. I’ve been thinking about different woods for my next project, and seeing your work definitely makes me consider Sapele.

-- Tim

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#7 posted 02-26-2020 11:13 AM

Great table.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 02-26-2020 12:15 PM

Beautiful Table, Great workmanship. and the Sapele turned out beautiful.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 02-26-2020 01:32 PM

Wow! That is beautiful. Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#10 posted 02-26-2020 03:49 PM

Beautiful work, you should be proud!

-- Hutch

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#11 posted 02-26-2020 03:58 PM

Nice Work!

-- AnthonyG, Brockport New York

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#12 posted 02-26-2020 04:00 PM

As everyone else has said …you’ve made a beautiful table and you should be very pleased when you show it off. But I gotta say, building a set of chairs just ain’t that bad. Time consuming yes….but what else are ya doing. Why don’t you get yourself a plan and build a prototype using cheap wood? Just a thought.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 02-26-2020 04:27 PM

I appreciate all the nice comments guys. Re the comments about sapele, I have used it on a few projects and I just love working with it. It is cheaper than most hardwoods where I am, can get thick and wide boards easily, and the grain is stunning! A matching sideboard is in my future and it will be sapele as well.

And the chairs… I just dont think that is going to happen for me. I have a lot on my “to build” list, and I am sure a set of chairs would eat up a full year or more in my schedule. I have three young kids so life just keeps getting busier and busier. I do think the satisfaction level of a dining set would likely be an all time high though.

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#14 posted 02-26-2020 06:15 PM

I’ve been here so long I don’t comment that much any longer… but man… that is one gorgeous piece of furniture you’ve made there. The combo of design, wood choice and finish really all just came together. Very impressive.

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

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#15 posted 02-26-2020 06:53 PM

Beautiful table!
How many boards are in the top? You chose/oriented them perfectly!

P.S. 3/4” veneers lol

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