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I am a new home owner as of nine months ago, which put me in a very strange place. For the last three years of my life I have been a nomad; which, naturally, led to me having very few possessions. I am unmarried, and do not have an eye for decorating. I have developed a deep appreciation for the process and therapy of wood working.

So, I made a goal. I want to build all the furniture in my house. This has of course led to me having no furniture in my house. Something that doesnt bother me, but tends to be a running joke among my friends.

A living room with a recliner, a swivel chair, and a ottoman (all old family relics) means that, seating three people is a chore, and if there is a fourth, it means the floor. As many of you can relate, with no wife telling me where to spend my money and time, most of it has gone to my shop. Producing is slow, but I am ok with that.

This table is the first for the house. No more eating on the washing machine, which I am thrilled about. The majority of the time went into the top. The base is made of pine, and is simply constructed. It was a prototype, now having gone through it, I feel ready to work with better wood. I hope to someday give the top a more appropriate base

The top is made of Walnut, Maple, Cherry, and Purple Heart. I made some cutting boards for Christmas gifts and had some extra of this wood left over. I cut the strips using the table saw. I finally purchased a air compressor/brad nailer combo, and now have that magical third hand. Well worth the investment. My thickness of each strip varied more than I would have liked due to the inaccurate way I was cutting my stock. This gave me a great opportunity to learn about an old hand plane a friend had given me. I hand planned the top flat and learned why everyone is so emphatic about shavings over dust.

I finished the project with BLO (boiled lin-seed oil) and then used wipe on Poly to protect the top. I am a huge fan of wipe on poly after this project.

The cacti are the touch of my girlfriend.

Overall, I am happy with the project and love this community.

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rustic is the first that comes to mind, pretty darn nice is the second that comes to mind - or is that reversed ?

good job and congrats on the hand plane. Almost 60 years ago was the last time I made shavings with a hand plane and I'm sure it would be disastrous if I tried now.
 

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Excellent job Dave. Hand planing a table top is the bomb. That takes hard work and dedication. You should be proud of your results.
FWIW. I used to use lawn chairs for furniture. Cheap and effective 'till ya get there. :)
 

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Very Nice Table David!
 

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Looking around for ideas and you did a great job. Doing one from reclaimed lumber soon myself.
 

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Thanks Chris. Let me know if you have any questions or need any help on your table. Best of luck.
 

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When you hand plane a table top like that are you careful to orient your boards during glue up to prevent tear out? I imagine if I tried that I'd have a terrible mishmash of random boards with tear out.
 
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