Walnut Extension Dining Table

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Project by bfd posted 11-12-2012 05:16 AM 2519 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was my latest commision for a repeat client. The client saw a similar table while traveling and loved the overall look of the table but the size was too large for her space. She commisioned me to build her a similar style table but needed to change the size to suit her space. She needed something that would expand when necessary. The table measures 30”d x 40”w x 28”h. There are (2) 15” leaves so that the table can grow to 55” or 70”. The lower height was a request from the client as her existing chairs sit lower than a typical dining chair. I veneered the top so that when all leaves are in the grain is continuous. I purchased the maple table slides. The client wanted the solid legs to have a lot of grain and character so I was lucky and found two very nice pieces of 8/4 Missouri Walnut.
Although the legs look they are a simple miter I had to come up with a way to reinforce the miter. My solution was to first cut off a 1/8” slice and then resaw the 8/4 lumber into (2) 5/8” thick pieces keeping everything in order. I then dovetailed the inner half of each leg and the top. Once I glued them up I then glued back the outer halves mitering them where the leg meets the top creating a waterfall edge where the grain is continuous. Finally I glued on the 1/8” slice mitering the corners and slightly rounded over the edge to conceal the glue line. The result looks like the top and 2 legs are all one piece and are simply mitered totally concealing the dovetails. The table will be shipped to the east coast so the table was designed to be flat packed. A removable 5th leg was needed when the table is fully extended.

Material: Top is Walnut veneer, Legs are solid Walnut.
Finish: Tung Oil followed by 4 coats Water Borne Urathane Sprayed.

Here are a few additional photos showing the progress.

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 11:54 AM

Nice tabel! I enjoyed the work and effort you put into the legs. Great idea that you carrie out well. Also thank you for the informative pictures.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 02:52 PM

I like how your table gives a complete look to the space. I see one happy client.

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Damian Penney

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 03:10 PM

Too scared to tackle a true secret mitre eh Brian ;-)

Once again looks great :)

-- 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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#4 posted 11-12-2012 03:44 PM

That Walnut looks fantastic ! Great idea on those leg joints : )

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

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#5 posted 11-12-2012 04:49 PM

Hi Damian,

Yup I was too scared to tackle that since it seemed way, way beyond my skill level but maybe one day. The secret miter was essentially my starting point and I “exploded” it and dumbed it down to be able to pull it off.

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 11:23 PM


by the way I saw your earthquake table on the news a few weeks ago!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 11-13-2012 03:36 AM

i am new to this site, and every day i see something more amazing than the last, that is a beautiful table, perfection would be a word id use to describe it.

-- A. Aguilar

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#8 posted 11-14-2012 01:58 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments. Matt that is too funny that you saw my table on the news! I had no idea the table made the news until someone forwarded me the link.

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