Boat Shaped Table

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Project by WoodHoppa posted 12-31-2010 07:24 PM 2143 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 6ft by 3.5ft QSWO top and riftsawn WO base. It is basically a trestle table with the exception that the bottom stretcher is arched. The design looked great and the client loved it right away. When I got into construction, though, it turned out to be quite a challenge. To ensure there was enough material left in the half lap I angled it along with the arch. Getting this flat and square and then cutting the mating piece was some of the challenge. The posts have 4 inch tenons on each end. Getting the mortisescut was another challenge. If I were to do it again I would rearrange the process to cut the mnortises earlier in the production and I would use a pattern router bit to get them all flushed up.

All in all it came out well. Stained with Minwax Red Chestnut, spray lacquer on the base, spray shellac and wipe on poly on the top.

-- Mike Harman, WoodHoppa

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#1 posted 12-31-2010 07:49 PM

Very nice design.

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#2 posted 12-31-2010 09:56 PM

Great looking table, Mike. The arched bottom stretcher is the best part I think. The table looks heavy duty yet is well proportioned. Happy New Year, and thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 12:22 AM

Awesome job on the table, Superb craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 01-01-2011 02:10 AM

I’d love to see some close-up pictures of the top !
The design is awesome : )

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#5 posted 01-01-2011 06:49 AM


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