Dining Room Table

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Project by Sennelier76 posted 03-22-2012 12:21 PM 3293 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the finished version of my interpretation of George Nakashima’s Frenchman’s Cove II. I spent a lot of time poring through images on the web to determine the dimensions of the parts and ended up making the base a little “heavier” than usual. The basic dimensions are 78”x36”x29”. The thickness of the joined slab is 1 1/8”. It is made entirely of Walnut save for the butterfly keys that are from Zebrawood. You can get all the details on my blog- The finish is Tung oil. I applied three coats to the entire piece and two extra coats on the top. In between each I buffed it with #0000 steel wool.

Thanks for looking.

-- Bobby, Iowa,

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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 03-22-2012 01:02 PM

Beautiful, nice work on the base joinery. Great blog by the way too.

Was the top hard to glue up with the curved edges?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#2 posted 03-22-2012 01:09 PM

Your table is beautiful. The walnut is spectacular and I like the base you made. The extra pictures on your blog post show how beautiful the entire room looks with the table in place. Thanks for sharing your photos and description. When I have 1/16” or so of extra space in a joint… I glue a thin layer of the same wood to the tenon and the gap just disappears. Or I fill the crack with sawdust and epoxy if it’s very small.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 01:18 PM

The table is beautiful.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 03:25 PM

Absolutely beautiful!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 03:28 PM

WOW, what a great table! Someday . . . ! But first, welcome to LJ where there are some close to 40,000 folks who share an uncommon love for wood . . . kinda staying high on saw dust and creating some of the most mind boggling works of art in the world. This is where your imagination is your only limitation. While furniture making is not my forte, it is an area I would like to venture into someday. I am looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful work, Bobby.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 05:00 PM

Nice work and a very interesting story to go along with this table. Good luck Bobby

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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Daniel Towler

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#7 posted 03-22-2012 05:32 PM

beautiful table and a fine job with the base. I am curious about your dovetail keys…are they all the way through, or just inlayed? I have a similar slab of walnut that I want to make a table out of, but am concerned about its stability to cracking.

-- "Luck favors the prepared" Edna Mode in 'The Incredibles'

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#8 posted 03-22-2012 06:44 PM

Thank you for not only posting your beautiful work, but for showing some of the construction behind it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 03-22-2012 10:03 PM

Gorgeous table, although I might not want to eat at the one end

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 03-22-2012 10:20 PM

Super neat! I want to eat on the end with the big empty space! :)

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#11 posted 03-23-2012 12:59 AM

That is a fine piece of art, nice craftsmanship!
Did you actually putting the second butterfly in? I can not see it from my monitor.
Thanks for sharing this project.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 03-24-2012 06:36 PM

Hey All,

Thanks for looking. Tim, the glue up wasn’t too bad-I just used 4 Bessey cabinet clamps and applied light pressure, enough for some squeeze out and that did the trick-along with the butterfly joints for some added strength. Daniel, the butterfly keys run 1/3 of the thickness of the table. And PaBull, I inlayed three butterflies all together. As for that empty spot on the end-we’re just waiting for the first cocktail party to get really interesting when someone “set” there drink on the table and there’s no table there. Should be fun:-)

-- Bobby, Iowa,

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