Daughter's new table

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Project by Oldtool posted 11-25-2020 07:11 PM 812 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter requested a new dining room table and buffet, to match her newly renovated kitchen & dining room. The table to be “weathered gray” on top with painted legs, the paint to match her walls.

The table is silver maple, as will be the buffet when I get to it as my next project. The color on the table top is by Weather Wash, a water based gray wood dye, and the top coat is Weather Wash water based varnish. Both were easy to apply and gave good results. The dye didn’t hide the wood grain, and the satin varnish provided a nice top coat with no glair.

The apron construction is mortise and tenon, with cherry pegs to secure the assembly. I made the pegs from cherry cut-offs I had, band sawn into quarter inch rods, then sharpened and chucked in to a hand drill and run through a fender washer. This actually worked very well with the fender washer secured to a scrap 2X4, with the burr from the punch facing up, to allow cutting the pegs round. The same pegs are used to fasten the breadboard ends, and traditional wooden clips or “buttons” to hold the top while allowing seasonal wood movement.

Thanks for viewing.

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#1 posted 11-25-2020 07:15 PM

Looks great you did a good job. She should be very Happy.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 11-25-2020 07:24 PM

Beautiful job on the table. Great work with the weathered look.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 11-25-2020 08:19 PM

Nice table.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 11-25-2020 10:38 PM

Nice work on the table, Tom. For some reason I thought you had a dowel maker already, but a fender washer and a drill will get the job done too. Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 11-26-2020 01:25 AM

Very nice work!!

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#6 posted 11-26-2020 10:52 PM

That is an awesome table.

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#7 posted 11-29-2020 04:35 PM

great table build and the dowel ‘fixture’ is an awesome ( no offense ) simple idea. You know of that I’ll use that for my box dowels

Thanks for sharing -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 12-05-2020 04:39 PM

Sorry for my tardiness Tom. You built a beautiful table to your “client’s” specifications. It doesn’t get any better than that. You have one vote for “Dad of the Year”!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 12-14-2020 02:28 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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