The Fast Food of Dining Tables

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Project by Thuan posted 01-05-2008 07:24 PM 2463 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It suddenly hit me one day that I was not and probably will not be the great craftsman I wanted to be. So I took this thought to heart and built a dining table that would serve my wife and I. I went to the big box store, dug and found some quarter sawn pieces of oak to use as legs and aprons. Got a solid core slab door and went to work. The base consists of mortise and hunched tennons, with draw pins that doubles as dowels for the tapered legs to the adjacent aprons. The oak edge is attached with glue and exposed dowels, hand plane the bevels on the oak edges and stained the thing. The top is held in place by sliding dovetail locks that lets me easily remove the top to replace or to move. The whole thing took about 20 hours, spreaded into five days, at least five of those hours were used for finishing.

-- Thuan

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#1 posted 01-05-2008 07:28 PM

I don’t ever expect to great either, but I hope to be competent. The table looks good and demostrates craftmanship.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 08:05 PM

I hear you Thuan. I’m a realist. I’m no Sam Maloof. Good thing I’m good at my day job. I think your table came out great though. If I remember correctly, you’re working on your hands and knees in a closet, so I’d say your skills are somewhat better than you think they are.


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 09:42 PM

Your craftsmanship is complemented by your ability to adapt to your situation. I admire you, but I do not envy your shop situation.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 01-05-2008 09:53 PM

i am humbled by your ability to do so well with so little . your table looks great ! keep up the good work

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#5 posted 01-05-2008 10:56 PM

I agree with everyone!!
and Nice table.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-05-2008 10:59 PM

Form follows function. Functional it is and the form well executed. Success, Thuan.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#7 posted 01-05-2008 11:03 PM

I think that it turned out preaty good.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#8 posted 01-05-2008 11:30 PM

Very nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 01-05-2008 11:40 PM

Considering what shop space you are working from it is a pretty impressive table.

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#10 posted 01-05-2008 11:43 PM

Looks like some top notch work to me, you should be proud.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#11 posted 01-06-2008 06:43 AM

Thuan don’t sell yourself short. You are accomplishing very nice work with very limited resources. I think that your work is excellent and functional.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 01-06-2008 05:14 PM

Yes, impressive, don’t sell yourself short. Nice work. I suppose you built the bench too, right?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#13 posted 02-28-2008 08:55 PM

Thuan the table looks great. Never underestimate what you can do with a solid core door. I’ve made a couple of real sturdy work benches with some that I found at the dump. Necessity is the mother of invention!

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#14 posted 11-14-2009 05:11 PM

Nice looking table.

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#15 posted 11-14-2009 06:16 PM

The doors are made to stay flat and are light to be able to move around. A great design and construction job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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