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Arts & Crafts Dining Room Set #8: Welcome to the Big Top

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So, I decided to go with the Kevin Rodel Taliesin desk design as my table base. This involved a couple of hours of laying out. I had to account for leg room on the overhangs at the ends, I had to account for chair room on the long sides, I wanted 4” x 4” legs to balance the 3 3/4” breadboard ends, decent overhang on the sides, and this all had to miss the crap I’d already glued to the bottom of the table to make the sliders work. Whew! Like I said, it took several iterations. The saving grace is that the Rodel chairs I’ll most probably be making next are trapezoidal in plan view, meaning they don’t need the full width to clear the legs because the wide part will be tucked in toward the middle of the table. This is why you design stuff BEFORE you start cutting wood.
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I slapped some sanding sealer on the underside of the table to keep the wood from moving as much (which looked so nice it made me second guess my choice of finish) and I cut the pyramids on the ends of the breadboard ends. Since I stupidly glued the sliders to the breadboard ends, it was immensely more difficult to pull this off. I ended up making it happen with just a bit of sanding to smooth out the end grain.

Another “design modification” came up when I realized I wouldn’t be able to mortise the ebony splines into the breadboard ends with my mortising machine because of the sliders. We decided that on such a dark finish, the ebony wouldn’t show very well. I actually like the clean look of the plain ends.
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^ Here’s the table leaf extension showing. It’s actually pretty sturdy. I never realized how long 12” was until I had to cantilever it (12” is not shown here).

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