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Project by manglitter408 posted 05-06-2020 04:13 PM 683 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a woodworker trapped in a GC’s body, I jumped at the opportunity when one of my clients asked me to build her a table. I modeled it off of a picture she gave me of a larger table. I had to scale it down to fit in her cottage.

It is a mix of rift and quarter sawn white oak. The finish is danish oil, with many coats of satin lacquer, and rubbed down with wool and oil.

Thanks for checking it out!!





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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 05-06-2020 04:51 PM

Fun build, and the finished look is quite nice.
I hope that isn’t a real hardwood top wrapped with picture frame style trim.

Thanks for posting. I like the completed project.

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#2 posted 05-07-2020 03:57 PM

The curves are interesting. I have a desk project that I am going to start soon that could use that inspiration. I assume from the equipment laying around in the background that GC is general contractor?

The wood is really fantastic. I came upon a load of nice white oak that I have used up sadly, but I did get a bed, dresser, night stands and bookcases out of it.

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#3 posted 05-08-2020 10:00 AM

I like the use of quarter sawed oak and the design of the base.
I understand your plight as I do electrical work to pay for my woodworking habit.

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manglitter408

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#4 posted 05-08-2020 03:30 PM

Thank you guys! Yes, I am a General Contractor.


Fun build, and the finished look is quite nice.
I hope that isn t a real hardwood top wrapped with picture frame style trim.

The 6/4 that my supplier had in stock was not very wide and had less figure than the 4/4 that I used in the center. It is because of this that I banded with the 6/4. The end grain of the table would also face the main living space, and I knew the danish oil would over darken that edge.

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#5 posted 05-08-2020 03:45 PM

Excellent looking table! You spent some serious time getting those legs and top to all fit so cleanly!

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#6 posted 05-08-2020 05:20 PM

That’s a lovely table. The natural oil finish really complements the figure.

I think what pintodeluxe is getting at is that by wrapping it with mitered 6/4 trim it won’t allow the 4/4 center boards to expand as the humidity changes, so you’re risking cracks or warps in the top. It’s the same reason that breadboard ends use slightly oversized mortises and aren’t glued along the entire length.

The quartered center is likely to be pretty stable, but it’s a risk.

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manglitter408

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#7 posted 05-08-2020 06:55 PM



That s a lovely table. The natural oil finish really complements the figure.

I think what pintodeluxe is getting at is that by wrapping it with mitered 6/4 trim it won t allow the 4/4 center boards to expand as the humidity changes, so you re risking cracks or warps in the top. It s the same reason that breadboard ends use slightly oversized mortises and aren t glued along the entire length.

The quartered center is likely to be pretty stable, but it s a risk.

- shampeon


Gotcha! Shows how much I still have to learn. I certainly hope nothing like that ends up happening. Thank you for clarifying Ian! The day I stop working is the day I know everything.

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#8 posted 05-08-2020 09:09 PM

Quartered and Rift sawn white oak typically IS more stable than flat sawn, but it will move laterally. If your mitered corners develop gaps in the future, I think you could still modify it for breadboard ends. And if you haven’t attached the legs yet, you need to compensate for the wood movement there also.
That wood is gorgeous—as is the finish. I think your client will love it.

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