Modern Oak Dining Table

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Project by SuperDodge posted 01-03-2014 05:07 PM 1787 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s something totally different from the projects I normally build. A friend approached me and asked if I would be willing to build them a dining table. He had a Crate and Barrel table in mind that his girlfriend liked but they wanted to make several modifications.

This was all built with 8/4 White Oak, planed down to just under 1.75”. All joinery was done with my Festool Domino and Titebond III. The tabletop is affixed to the base using metal tabletop fasteners from WoodCraft.

The table is 79” long, 38” wide and stands 30” tall.

I only did the woodwork here and then passed it along to my friend for finishing. He originally intended to use a light silver dye finish but fell in love with the natural wood grain. He sanded from the 80 grit where I left it, up to 320 and then finished it with General Finishes EnduroVar. I’m not sure how well it will hold up but it retained the natural color like he wanted.

-- -RL

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 05:19 PM

I love it!!!!!

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 05:33 PM

Looks really awesome!

If you don’t mind, can you share how much you spent in material cost and labor hours? I was at a Crate and Barrel recently and saw a similar table; but with the price tag in upwards of $2000, it screamed loudly “Touch Me Not”. :)

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 06:50 PM

It cost about $650 in lumber to build this; however, lumber is VERY expensive in Florida so it would likely be less elsewhere in the country. There wasn’t much else in cost. The table top fasteners were $2-$3 for a pack and wood glue and dominos are cheap!

The Crate and Barrel table this emulates was $1799 I think, and the display in the store was made with rubberwood despite the marketing materials claiming it was “european oak”.

I spent about 15 hours on this project, but I work slow. My friend spent about 10 hours on sanding and finishing.

-- -RL

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 10:01 PM

That’s a great looking dining table! I’m sure your friends will love it!

The thing about making your own furniture, is that, even though it’s not always cheaper, it’s always better. You get what you want, the size, the wood, the finish—you can’t get that at a store.

I’m curious though: I don’t see a stretcher between the legs—how do you keep the table from racking?

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 05:19 PM

Classy looking table! Like the design and wood choice. It’s perfect with the chairs and the room. Great job!

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