Cherry Dining Table

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Project by Pwilhelm posted 01-12-2021 02:00 PM 501 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple years ago part of a cherry tree fell in my grandmothers yard and when we cut the rest of the log down it looked like a good candidate for my sawmill. I took the log home and sawed it into slabs and it air dried for about a year before I decided to build a dining room table for my grandparents.

The four by fours were from a friend who has a large sawmill. The table top was all sawed on my own little sawmill. I used large mortise and tenon joints to assemble the frame and bought a biscuit joiner to assemble the table top. I cut the slabs a little longer than 4 feet in order to get them in my makeshift kiln which is a sheet-metal box with a dehumidifier in it. This required me to make the live edges remaining on the table at the head and foot of the table instead of on the sides, with the wood grain running “sideways” instead of lengthwise down the table top. It’s a little unconventional and I was concerned it would be too weak so I made grooves in the underside of the top and epoxied all thread in three places running the length of the table.

The problem that developed is that the table kind of sagged in the middle over the first six months in use, and I think it probably was because I did not get the wood quite as dry as it should’ve been, I think around 10-12 percent moisture. When the top acclimated to my grandmother’s wood stove-heated house and shrunk a little, the all thread prevented the bottom from shrinking which caused it to look a little like an old swaybacked horse. Live and learn I guess.

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#1 posted 01-12-2021 06:53 PM

Sorry to hear that it sagging but it is a beautiful table.

-- "Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." - Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 01-13-2021 12:59 PM

absolutely beautiful! There is no wood more beautiful than Cherry and you’ve really done this justice with your simple but elegant base, the live edge details and the beautiful finish.
As far as the movement of the top, I made a tabletop several years ago for my mother-in-law, and left it in my garage for a little too long and it developed a significant cup – I agonized about it for over a year until I decided to move on with my life, cut it down the middle and have used it for a bench and a few other projects.

-- Zach

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#3 posted 01-13-2021 01:21 PM

Very nice table, with a nice provenance.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#4 posted 01-13-2021 01:52 PM

That is some beautiful looking cherry. Nice job. What did you use as a topcoat?

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#5 posted 01-14-2021 04:10 AM

Love your design concept – I’ve had shrinkage issues as well, some of which are unavoidable. Gotta ‘design’ with these issues in mind…

-- Bstrom

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#6 posted 01-14-2021 04:36 PM

That is a great looking table. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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