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This is a 3' x 8' Pine Farmhouse Table. My wife wanted the one at Pottery Barn for $3000. The compromise was that I got a new jointer and a new 12" compound miter saw for $650 and built this one instead. I do cringe when the kids bang it up- although that's the way its supposed to look. (And I'd probably cringe more if I'd had to buy the $3000 one!)

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Wow - that looks awesome! Can I ask what your finishing techniques were? (stain, topcoat, etc)....
 

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Thank you! Believe it or not, it's Minwax Red Mahogany stain (picked by the wife.) The finish is lacquer- although I have also used successive coats of polyurethane on projects. The key with pine is to sand it really good so the stain doesn't look blotchy. (I hate that part- finishing requires a lot of patience- something I'm rarely accused of.) Hope that helps.
 

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Beautiful work, Jim!

Had the same scenario with my wife. She wanted a table to seat our large family at the holidays. I told her I'd build one instead of buying anything mass produced. Took a spell, but well worth it, eh? Congrats!

PS I can totally relate to cringing when the kids ding it up… Oi! You're right though, that's what it's there for…
 

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Great table!
Too many people overlook Pine for stuff like this! But our ancestors built many fine pieces of furniture with it!
Congrats and I hope the better half is happy with it too!
 

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It just blows me away when I see someone take the humble Pine wood and turn it into something this amazing and beautiful. Thanks for reminding us that the focus on woodworking should be on the "working" part. Beautiful.
 

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That's a beautiful table! I agree with the other posts about how pine is almost always overlooked - to me it's always been looked at as a 'beginners' wood and you graduate to hardwood. definitely not the case here! thanks for sharing.
 

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Great looking table. Your finish is awesome.

Welcome to Lumberjocks
 

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Very Nice Indeed Jim! Thank For Posting!
 

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Thank you for all the nice comments.. It means a lot when it comes from people who know their craft.
 

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I've learned that it's not always cheaper to build your own furniture. Better, but not cheaper!

But it looks like you got the best of both worlds with this beauty! And some new tools to boot!
 

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That's absolutely beautiful. May I ask how long it took from first cut to these pictures?
 

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Thank you! It was about 4 weeks- 2-3 nights a week and Saturdays. My shop at the time was a 45 minute drive from my house so I got limited time there.
 

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Nice Robin. how did you put in the grooves on the sides between the planks? Do you round over the corners before glue up, or route in a V after the fact? I've been wondering this for a table i'm about to build
 

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Chamfer bit on each plank before glue up.
 

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beautiful finish
 

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Beautiful table, great workmanship, and the finish is outstanding, considering the difficulty of staining pine uniformly; you nailed it. Congratulations!
 

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That's a good looking table. And a jointer? And a CMS? And a happy wife? And kids eating dinner? You have the good life, sir.

And that finish…. You have the pine looking like some sleek mahogany. Can you tell us what you did there? Secret sauce?
 

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That looks great. Great job
 

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Tools and a table is a great deal
 
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