Double Pedastal Extending Dining Table

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Project by Simeond posted 10-27-2011 03:02 AM 2352 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my first professional commissions (and my first post on Lumberjocks!). It is an extending double pedastal dining table which is 7’ x 48” closed and 10’ fully extended. The top is figured ribbon mahogany with a border of crotch mahogany inlaid into peruvian walnut (leaving a 1/4” reveal of the walnut on either side of the crotch mahogany). The pedastals are peruvian walnut. The 8 “legs” of the pedastals were made with tapered bent lamination. The finish is pre-catalyzed lacquer. (Pictured here without the 3’ leaf. For some reason I forgot to get a picture of the table with the leaf in….).

I had many “firsts” on this project and it was an adventure! Any and all constructive criticism welcome!

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#1 posted 10-27-2011 03:27 AM

That turned out great! I remember seeing your post about this on another forum when you were soliciting input on the design. A really nice job – I’d be pleased with this in my dining room!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 10-27-2011 11:16 AM

Beautiiful table, really like the legs and the top as well.

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

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#3 posted 10-27-2011 02:45 PM

Beautiful table! Welcome to LJ’s

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#4 posted 10-27-2011 03:16 PM

That came out great! I was looking into a project very similar to this a while back – which extension hardware did you use?

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#5 posted 10-27-2011 11:31 PM

Thanks for the comments and the welcome!

Khadour, the glides are used are osborn equalizer glides (50” closed and 109” fully extended). You can find them here.

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#6 posted 12-01-2011 02:56 PM

The under carriage is magnificent a glass top would have showed that off. Beautiful job, great design nicest table legs I have ever seen.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#7 posted 12-16-2012 10:38 PM

what a beautiful table, and your first piece of commissioned furniture, congrats on this one, your first piece is telling us all watch out, what is coming next will be just as nice, maybe you should have done furniture first, then thought about being a lawyer…lol….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 12-20-2015 06:05 AM

That is a beautiful table, i am almost done with my first big project, it is a Peruvian walnut dining table, I have been struggling to find a finish that doesn’t make it turn nearly black. I’ve tried Waterlox, blo, and wax, and all three with a coat of pre stain conditioner. I think in order to get a finish that doesn’t turn the wood too dark and still be somewhat durable is to use pre cat lacquer, like you did on this table, from the pics it is hard to see what the pedestals look like though, I realize you posted this years ago, but do you recall the Peruvian walnut darkening a lot?

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