A new dining room set for my wife!

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Project by GaryK posted 06-16-2011 02:22 AM 6407 views 11 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 2 months of work it’s finally complete! It was a long hard road, a lot harder than I had initially thought it would be, to tell you the truth.

If you haven’t seen the blog of its construction you can see it here.

It’s in 41 parts covering about 2 months work.

Everything is explained in the blog but for those not wanting to go through the whole thing here are the highlights.

The chairs are solid African mahogany as well as the legs for the table. The table top is veneered with Mottled Makore and curly maple on a substrate of two 1/2” (12mm) pieces of Russian birch plywood glued together.

The top is trimmed with Wenge and Santos Mahogany. The apron for the table is also Santos Mahogany.

All in all I had a great time building it, but at the same time I wouldn’t do it again. I don’t have to :-).

The only thing left to do on it is to fill in the oval spaces on the upper backs of the chairs. My next project will take care of that. You’ll see it later.

In the last two picture you can see the two happy customers.

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

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 02:32 AM


Don’t know what else to say other than, Beautiful. This turned out very nice, great craftsmanship. Should last for generations to come.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 02:34 AM

exceptional gary

a tribute to your incredible skills

and problem solving

a treasured family heirloom

for sure

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 02:34 AM

Very nice Gary. What did you use for a finish on the table top?

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 02:39 AM

Awesome table.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-16-2011 02:43 AM

Beauteous Gary…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 06-16-2011 02:51 AM

I’ve been watching the blogs about your progress. You did a great job as can be seen in the pictures and the faces of the happy customers. The blog posts had a lot of good information for anyone wanting to attempt a similar project.

I’ll be waiting to see what you do to finish the chair backs.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#7 posted 06-16-2011 02:53 AM

“All in all I had a great time building it, but at the same time I wouldn’t do it again. I don’t have to :-)”——That was an Awesome Statement!!!!!!! It made me laugh pretty hard. Great job Gary. I always love looking at your projects.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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#8 posted 06-16-2011 02:55 AM

OH, Gary this set came out very nice. All I can say is WOW!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 06-16-2011 02:59 AM

The family deserves to have the hard-earned endeavor in making this dining set. Excellent in all aspects: from the choice of wood, construction, finish and of course the upholstery. Gary, you got it written well and constructed with inspiration. Thanks for posting. Mabuhay at masaganang pag-salu-salo sa bagong hapag kainan. I wish a prosperous gathering in your dining table!

-- Bert

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#10 posted 06-16-2011 03:01 AM

The best furniture for the house is the stuff you make.
Good work

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#11 posted 06-16-2011 03:02 AM


Thank you for giving us Step by Step story of how you did it! Just that was a huge job!

Looks absolutely WONDERFUL! Beautiful colors… Everything just perfect!

We have learned a lot from your experience…

You have given a very nice gift to us by doing what you did…
Maybe some of us can chip-in and help with your First Special dinner on it?

Every project you do seems to be just awesome the way you solve problems and work your way around and through the steps involved to come up with fantastic results.

Thanks again…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 06-16-2011 03:02 AM

Fantastic Gary, thanks for sharing your expertice

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#13 posted 06-16-2011 03:07 AM

Absolutely beautiful Gary!
As I followed through your blog I was envisioning something like this and WOW, did you ever come through
with a stunning dining room set…..

And yes, your lovely “customers” sure do seem pleased!!!

I really love the design and wood combination, first class all the way !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#14 posted 06-16-2011 03:13 AM

wow, an heirloom for sure! thank you for blogging the whole thing as well, that took dedication!

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#15 posted 06-16-2011 03:22 AM

Really nice Gary, and comfortable too. That’s a great bonus.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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