New Dining Table

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Project by GrumpyCub posted 10-16-2021 02:37 PM 473 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

8 years ago we moved my mother-in-law in with us, and she brought her dining set when she came. It served the family well, surviving through children, grandchildren, and even a great grandchild. All good things must come to an end however, and my wife ask for a farmhouse table to replace the ailing one we had.

I did not want to build anything like what is found online, with 2/6’s and pocket screws. I wanted to give the same look that everyone finds so popular these days, while still building a quality piece of furniture. I decided on mortise and tenon joinery for the base, with tusked tenons on the trestle. I’d never done tusked tenons but I think it worked out pretty well.

The table base is made from wood recycled from some solid wood doors that my church replaced. My wife asked me to leave the mine mortise in the trestle as it “adds character” My wife does not like the look of breadboard ends, so I utilized cleats on the underside of the table to keep it flat over time. The cleats are slotted to allow the top to expand and contract.

It was a challenging build, as I flattened the top with hand planes, but I learned a lot and we have a new table!

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 10-16-2021 09:17 PM

Nice work, like the design. Lots of nice dinners ahead.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 10-17-2021 02:54 AM

NIce work. Good job choosing the harder, more better route ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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