Old Oak Table circa 1976

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Project by oldnovice posted 07-19-2012 04:18 AM 2501 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table about 1974!

I reclaimed the woodwork out of an Iowa farm house built in 1903. It was going to have it burned down (less expensive than having it torn down) for the local fire department practice but I intervened and took all I could before the fire department had their chance.

The photos are all BD (before digital) and were scanned so they are not as clear as digital photos.

The top of the table is four pieces of stair tread, the aprons are window trim, and the legs were railings. The design, for the most part, is mine. I saw a table with the legs coming in at 45 degrees and I wanted that look. The insert is 1/4” safety glass surrounded by an oak frame. The glass insert and frame are removable. I did that in case I want to get another piece of glass to fit exactly or replace the glass with tile or another wood.

I set up my router bolted to the side of my table saw, as shown in the photo below) to cut openings for splines the corners of the table. The piece of wood above the router had a pin for a template attached to the bottom of the table top. I used the same template for each of the eight cuts (both slots were on the template).

I used 1/4” plywood for the splines. I did not have a doweling jig and I don’t believe that biscuit joiners were available in my cost range at that time (actually I think the plywood splines are probably stronger than the biscuits would have been). My main concern was the 45 degree cut, nearly 8” long, would not close properly on all four corners. After all, I have had my issues with picture frames.

The finish is three coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal (I don’t think it was called that back then) but the table has been through three kids and now is working on two grand kids. So far so good!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 08:55 AM

Nice work, I like the legs adds character.

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

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 12:44 AM

I like your circa 1978 domino jointer.

Good job saving that lumber.

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