Farmhouse Table

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Project by DocsDesigns posted 09-12-2020 03:46 AM 1079 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since it’s my “thing,” I build my 6th dining table this year. This one a variation on the x-style base. This one has all draw-bored half-lap joinery in the base.

We drew this up in 3D ahead of time to get the angles right. We used both 15 and 37.5 degree cuts to get everything just right. Once we popped those dowels in, this base is rock solid and doesn’t budge. (Yes, I even jumped on it to be sure.)

It’s a poplar base with an ash top, we used General Finished gray gel stain and Mohawk vinyl sealer and conversion varnish on top.

Overall dimensions are 72×34” and the benches are 50×14”.

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#1 posted 09-12-2020 10:48 AM

Looks very nice and sturdy. I like the base detail. Great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 09-12-2020 01:22 PM

That should stand the test of time.
Question: I noticed on the benches you left the half laps proud, but on the table they were flush. Was this a strength consideration, given the weight the benches will be asked to support?

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#3 posted 09-12-2020 01:31 PM

Excellent question—I had done something similar on a desk I built a few years ago—it gave it a 3D effect if you will. The client liked it and wanted me to include it on the benches…so I obliged.

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#4 posted 09-13-2020 01:24 AM

Nice work. I like the joinery you used on the base, tight and looks good too.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 09-27-2020 12:09 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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