Kitchen Work Table

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Project by Dan Pleska posted 08-04-2011 06:34 PM 1639 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This kitchen work table is a commission. It measures 54” long, 24” wide, and 38 1/2” high. The top is 1 1/2” thick and the legs are 3” square. The dimensions were specified by the client. I added the carving, chamfer on the legs and a 3/8” bead on the aprons. Two 3/8” hanger bolts at the inside top of the legs go through corner blocks for removal of legs for shipping. It’s made from old reclaimed white oak. The last picture shows the rough 2×12’s I started with. The wood was originally floor joists in a factory building that was built in the 1920’s or 1930’s. Even after wire brushing the boards, it still took a toll on my blades. Part of that was because this old wood was very dense and heavy. The table weighs in at 107 lbs. The client didn’t mind the nail holes, so there wasn’t a lot of waste. My wife drew the designs on the two outer sides of each leg and I carved them out with small gouges. After staining with a custom mix that I’ve used on wormy chestnut the carving didn’t stand out enough. My wife filled it in with a Sharpie before two coats of polyurethane. The top had a third coat. Thanks for looking.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 07:13 PM

Well done, Amazing when you work with old wood how much different it is from the stuff we buy now. The carvings on the side look great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 08:12 PM

Great job!!! I have about 3 slab of old Oak that looks exactly like those. Mine came from an old garage/barn. They are hell on jointer and planer blades. I think mine must be red oak because after they are planed down, the wood has a very red color to it. Similar to the red of a freshly cut piece of raw steak. I’ve been saving them for years, waiting on that “just right” project.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 10:33 PM

Nice work. I’ve found that using a metal engraver set at high speed to make designs like you have works really well. You can control the depth of the line pretty easily. Try it on scrap sometime.


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 10:42 PM

Never would have guessed it is Oak…nice job and the stain is a great color : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 02:14 AM

Really nice table. Very simple design. Reminds me of my grandparents who were farmers. They had simple equipment and furniture. This should be passed onto future generations.

-- Gerald, Illinois

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#6 posted 08-09-2011 08:29 PM

Simple and beautiful. I can only hope to get such clean and crisp lines on my next project. Well Done!

-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!

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#7 posted 08-20-2011 07:52 PM

Nice work, Dan!

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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