Mission Dining Table in Walnut

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Project by JoshOne posted 05-05-2012 04:25 PM 2384 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally completed my dining table. It’s based off fellow LJ Schroeder’s Stickley Done Darkly, which I thought was a gorgeous piece and fit with my overall vision for the table best out of all the other designs out there.

This piece is built from the same tree as the last two walnut pieces I’ve done, my bar and my girlfriend’s coffee table. All came from a single lumber purchase I made last March.
More pictures etc here:
Thanks for looking!

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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#1 posted 05-05-2012 05:08 PM

Great looking table Josh! You should enjoy using that for many years to come – you’ve created a family heirloom.

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

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#2 posted 05-05-2012 05:13 PM

Did you also do the inlay in the center of the top ? LOL..JK.
Great looking table : )

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

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#3 posted 05-06-2012 01:03 AM

Josh, this is a beautiful looking table. I always love the rich color of Walnut and am a fan of Mission style pieces as well,nice job ! How did You finish the table(any coloring)or just a sealer ? Once again,very well done and be safe !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 05-06-2012 01:42 PM

Impressive table

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 05-06-2012 02:00 PM

Beautiful! I enjoyed the story about your walnut acquisition too.

-- The Dude abides

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#6 posted 05-06-2012 02:44 PM

Very nice and sturdy table plus full blown gorgeous build .

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#7 posted 05-06-2012 03:03 PM

gorgeous table – great job!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 05-07-2012 10:41 PM

Cool! I really like the breadboard ends, has a bit of a shaker style look to it, with a little modern flair.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 06:31 PM

Great looking table. Glad to see you put the spindles(?) in individual mortises. I built two end tables (they are on LJ somewhere) and did mine that way. I’ve seem videos where folks cut a groove and use spacers between the spindles; that works but I think the individual m&t’s look better.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 06:35 PM

Bullseye! You really nailed this one. I like the choice of wood, it is a beautiful piece.
Can you tell us more about what technique you used on the breadboard ends?

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

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#11 posted 05-09-2012 03:02 AM

Hi Willie,
For the breadboards, I marked where the tongue would be ((thickness of top – 0.5) /2 = depth of cut for saw and router) I defined the shoulders with a circular saw to get a clean square edge, then routed out the waste, flipped the table and repeated. Only about an inch of glue went in the very center of the tongue, the rest was unglued. Marked out the places for the walnut pegs on the breadboards, cut them out, then dry fit the boards and transferred the placement of the pegs to the tongue, then drilled out the holes in the tongue, making the outer two pegs’ corresponding holes about 2 inches long so the thing can slide with seasonal movement, but keeping the center one snug. put the thing on, then cut the pegs flush with a Ryoba saw.

-- "The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne"

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