Expanding dining table

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Project by Kade Knight posted 11-22-2013 03:08 AM 1845 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This expanding dining table is made from alder with curly maple inlay. My client needed a very specific size of table for an awkwardly small dining area in her old home. She wanted the wood to match her cabinetry, which was alder. I added the curly maple inlay to match her blonde granite counters, which I think looked rather nice.

This was my first large piece of furniture I have made and a first of many things. It was my first time creating mortise and tenon joints for the legs and aprons and my first time tapering legs. I only have a 10” jointer/ planer, so I obviously couldn’t machine the joined panels for the table top. So I bought a Stanley hand plane from a local antique store, refurbished it, tuned it, and spent many hours making shavings. I have to say alder is a great wood to learn how to hand plane on. I could never have completed this project without all the great advice and ideas taken from so many members on this site. Thanks everyone!

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 03:16 AM

Really nice table, that alder looks like it stained very well, I love the color. Planes are an indispensable tool for flattening table tops. I certainly cant afford a 36 inch belt sander ;)

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 03:20 AM

Great job

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 12:57 PM

Beautiful table, very – very nice. Great work on the inlay, nice touch.

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#4 posted 11-22-2013 01:45 PM

Very nice, Love the inlay!

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