Solid Ash Dining Table and Bench

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Project by Jono posted 02-28-2008 06:00 AM 7395 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been building these Brent Comber Eclipse tables for a few years now and i never get tired of them. I think it’s a testament to the simple design and time tested joinery. The legs are a massive 5”x5”x29 1/2” and have to be glued together using 12/4 stock. The legs are joined to an end rail with a mortise and tenon and then bolted to an inner rail system.The top is attached to the inner rails with table clips. The rails are joined to the legs 1 5/8” down from the top of the legs so that the table top is flush with the top of the legs. The two outer laminations are 10 1/8” shorter in length then the rest of the table to allow for the legs. I like to have a 1/16” spacing between the table and the legs which can be tricky to keep even as the table lengths increase. The last one i built was 12 feet long! Check out Brent Combers web site

-- Jono, Vancouver, [email protected]

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#1 posted 02-28-2008 06:10 AM

I’ve seen tables similar to this at Crate N Barrel and I admired it then too.. Nice job. Dig the matching bench too.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 02-28-2008 06:15 AM

Super simple, super slick, right up my alley, nice job Jono.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 08:03 AM

Great looking table – it has simple character and screams strength. I really like this one.

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

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#4 posted 02-28-2008 08:35 AM

Screams strength is right. No doubt you could use this as a work bench if you wanted, not that you would want to beat up on such a beautiful piece. The natural finish enhances the true colors of the wood, Great Job!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#5 posted 02-28-2008 08:59 AM

Exposed end grain! Super chunky! Love it!

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#6 posted 02-28-2008 12:18 PM


This table is massive. I like the simple lines and the way the legs show through the top.

Nicely done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Jiri Parkman

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#7 posted 02-28-2008 01:42 PM

Beauty of simlicity. Nice details.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 02-28-2008 02:40 PM

a great look… simple but not… soft but definitely sturdy…

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

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#9 posted 02-28-2008 05:55 PM

A very nice table and bench. I liked the exposed pare of the legtop.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 02-28-2008 08:42 PM

I had not seen this design before. I like it a lot!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 02-28-2008 08:56 PM

Very interesting! I have never seen legs/top like that before. Great job.

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

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#12 posted 06-13-2009 04:03 AM

Great Job, I was just looking at the exact same design table at the Apple store in Oakbrook Illinois. Been doing some side work? They are solid as a rock.

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#13 posted 06-13-2009 06:40 AM

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#14 posted 09-20-2013 06:48 PM

Classy. Allmost bauhaus in its simplicity. Like it!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#15 posted 12-17-2016 07:01 PM

I’m curious about the inner rail system that you talked about. Couldn’t you just use M+T for all four rails, wouldn’t it be strong enough? Do you use metal rod or something in the longer rails, is that it? Nice looking table and bench, by the way.


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