Dining Room Table

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Project by monkeyman83 posted 04-09-2020 10:42 PM 831 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked me to build him and his family a dining room table. As any woodworker would, I discussed with him at length the design, materials, and finish. In the end, he decided that he wanted it made from walnut and finished with a clear satin finish. He also needed the top to come off easily as he is military and will have to move every so often. He found a picture of a table online and off to work we went. (He wanted to help.). The first two pictures are of the completed table. The last picture shows a bracket and wooden pin. I turned 4 nearly identical wooden pins which is what holds the top in place. This is my first large piece of furniture and the first time I have ever done a bread board top. I learned a lot and had a blast. Some parts were quite nerve racking but all ended up being extremely satisfying.

-- It may not be pretty...but it's functional.

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#1 posted 04-10-2020 12:36 AM

that is one solid looking table,probably a couple hundred pounds ? thats gonna be in his kids house someday.nice build.

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#2 posted 04-10-2020 02:43 AM

A really nice looking table. Good idea making the top detachable. It would be a beast to move otherwise.

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#3 posted 04-10-2020 05:40 AM

A massive and very attractive table! I’m sure your friend was delighted.


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#4 posted 04-10-2020 05:09 PM

Including bits of sapwood look fantastic. Breaks it up and adds visual interest.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#5 posted 04-14-2020 08:39 PM

very nice build…...
not quite clear how top is fastened ??? any other pics or sketch? thanks

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#6 posted 04-18-2020 10:34 PM

Hey Aurora.

There are 4 brackets attached to the table surface from the bottom. I drilled a hole through each bracket and then marked their locations on the structure that supports the top by inserting a drill bit in the hole and lightly tapping it with a mallet. Then I removed the top and drilled the acceptance hole in the support structure. I also marked the support structure and table top with my brand mark so the top will go back on the same way each time. The 4 pegs were turned on my lathe to a lightly snug fit so that they can be taken out easily but wont work themselves out. I hope that this is a good enough description for you. If not, let me know and I will see if I can get picture for you and anyone else who may want to see it.

-- It may not be pretty...but it's functional.

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