Rustic French Country Table and Benches

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Project by BillG posted 11-10-2013 11:44 PM 1795 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine was asked to build a table for a client. We got together on the project and this was the result.

The client was originally from France and wanted a table that reminded her of one she had back home. Her request was fairly specific, it needed to have a heavy rustic look with substantial turned legs. The turned legs were purchased from a vendor.

The table top and seat tops are 1 1/8” knotty white oak (this was the rustic look required on this style), with 3/4” X 3 1/2” stock used on the aprons and 2 1/4” square legs on the table, 1 7/8” square legs on the benches. The table legs are removable being bolted thru a diagonal cleat inside the apron frame. The bench legs are fixed, being mortised and tenoned to the apron. The side stretchers are also mortised and tenoned, the center stretcher (1 1/2” square) is thru mortised and wedged on the ends for additional strength. The bench legs are splayed at 5 degrees front to back only to add stability.

The finish is golden oak water-based stain and coated with M.L. Campbell’s MagnaMax pre-catalyzed lacquer in a gloss finish. Two coats were sprayed on the under structure and rubbed between coats. The top received three coats with a good rub-out after the second coat. Any voids were filled with colored epoxy.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 12:36 AM

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 01:35 AM

Very nice table and bench set…looks like a sturdy build and get many many years service…well done.

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 06:25 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


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#4 posted 11-11-2013 06:45 AM

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 03:24 PM

Hi Bill,
Very nice! i still need to make time to come over. thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 02:49 PM

Great looking set! Like the tops and the joints. I’m sure the client was happy with it. Great job!

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