Hayrake table from Fine Woodworking

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Project by marc_rosen posted 04-05-2012 05:35 PM 12004 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey All,
Here is my Hayrake table to complement the dining room chairs that are still a work in progress (need to assemble the rest). Both chairs and table were from plans sold by Fine Woodworking and designed by Kevin Rodel and Michael Peckovich, respectively. I was fortunate to get the inner four boards of the top from one 3×13 inch cherry beam. I finished the base using Tried and True Danish Oil followed by two coats of T&T Varnish Oil. The top was sanded to 320 and finished with 4 coats of Waterlox. I sanded the first coat but only used brown paper bags to polish the 2nd and 3rd coat. Fourth coat is untouched though I may wax it.
I had a great deal of fun making this and watching Mike’s video taught me a lot of nice skills.
(See if you can find the Woodduck.)


-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 05:50 PM

Those are two of my favorite designers. Both Rodel and Peckovich have some great designs, and these are some of their very best. These are two of the most complicated furniture projects you can make. If you can make the hayrake table with its curves and angled joinery; and the Rodel chairs with their compound angles and handcut dovetails… you can build just about anything. You did a very fine job that would make the designers proud. The table and chairs look great together too!
What’s your next project a curved staircase?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 08:59 PM

Vary nice….. and looks great in your log home.

-- Rick

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 09:43 PM

2nd picture top right on the shelf below the pictures.

Nice job on the table.


Upon closer examination, 1st picture top left on shelf in basket.

2nd edit: Oh no, wait, in your avatar picture in the water dish.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 11:10 PM

Very impressive work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 04-06-2012 01:30 AM

Hey Guys,
Thank you for the compliments, they are much appreciated.
(If this appears double posted it is because I lost internet access during my previous attempt to send this and it is hovering around in space somewhere)
Pinto (or Willie), my next project is duplicating my cherry bed using Walnut. My wife wanted me to make a second bed for our guest room downstairs. A curvced staircase sounds nice but I know that is too much work for me.
Brett, the “real” woodduck is in the first picture. He is standing about 18 inches to the left of the front door, or to the right of the cardboard box next to the Duck kennel. Follow a line about 1 o’clock from the right rear corner of the table top back to the wall. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#6 posted 04-06-2012 01:35 AM

Super looking table Marc very nice work.


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#7 posted 04-06-2012 01:12 PM

nope… the table on the left side middle of the 1st picture..looks like a duck head in the wood.


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#8 posted 04-06-2012 05:19 PM

Really nice job on the table and the chairs. Really goes well with the log room too.

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#9 posted 10-12-2014 05:57 PM

Nice table,would love to build this table, were do I get plans for building this hay rake table?

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#10 posted 10-13-2014 12:44 AM

Hello Bill,
Thanks for the compliment. Fine Woodworking had a video workshop in the Fall of 2011 and they also offered plans at that time. They published issue #226 with Mike’s (Pekovich) table on the cover around the same time I posted this on LJ. Here is a link to FWW with their on line article. It looks like you need to be an on line member to see the entire text and any videos.
It was an enjoyable project and it is really gratifying eating from it each meal everyday.
Wishing you lots of success when you get started on it. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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