Craftsman Dining Room Set - In The Beginning...

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 04-23-2009 06:39 PM 1467 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Due to my ignorance with LJ blogging, the next installment is here.

So, I’ve got my girlfriend’s permission to start working on our new dining room set. I’ve done a ton of research, and for me, Schroeder hit the nail right on the head. He’s been extremely helpful with suggestions, suggested reading, and tool purchases to make the process go smoother. I will build his table. I’m still researching the chairs, but the Rodel chair is high in the running. I’m hoping to knock out the table in the next month, and the chairs this winter. I will be blogging about the entire project here, and concurrently on my regular woodworking blog Skully's Workshop.

For those of you who may not know, I cut my middle finger off last September, so I’m just getting back into the shop. I will blog about that separately, but please put your splitters back on for any cuts that will allow it.

I’ve taken some time to draw up the table in AutoCAD (SketchUp still eludes me). I designed my table using the Golden Mean, so the top is 72×44.5 (ratio = 1.618) with Greene & Greene style breadboard ends. It’ll be 30 high. I tucked the underbody in 12 on each end and 6 along the sides. The legs are 4 square, and I will be making all four sides quartersawn. The whole table will be quartersawn white oak, and I’m trying to figure out how to anhydrous ammonia (29%) fume the whole thing without getting busted for running a meth lab.

Here are the drawings. I can provide dimensions as needed, but they were omitted for clarity:

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 04-24-2009 05:12 AM

Good for you to be back working again.

Do you think you get a good enough finish with the fuming that it beats your other arts and crafts finishes? I can understand the reasoning for doing it because it was a traditional way, but then you should give in to my pressure to do the all of it with hand tools too…

That table is a great design. There’s plenty of time for the chair design. You’ve got a few chairs to fit around it for the time-being.

-- ED

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#2 posted 04-24-2009 12:55 PM

Skully – have fun with table. Saw the tile frame on your website – very nice piece. From your drawing it looks like your breadboard ends are flush with the table top. On the Robinson House or Gamble House dining tables, the breadboard ends are proud of the table top – but you probably know that already.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#3 posted 04-26-2009 05:57 AM

Eric: I like the fuming finish because it treats all surface area the exact same way. When I hand-rubbed Trans-Tint onto my bedroom set, I got a lot of variation that is difficult to even out. I can’t help I’m a power-tool kinda guy, even with the inadvertent amputation. You crazy guys that make shaving horses confuse me. I appreciate it, I just don’t understand it. For me, the end result is what matters, because that’s what endures. I don’t stare at something I’ve made and reminisce about the hours of hand-crafting that goes into it. Fortunately, that’s what makes America great, we can all arrive at our chosen destinations via our own path.

Stanley2: Thank you. I had 40 hours into that damn tile frame before it was over. Teach me to promise something in the Gamble House bookstore when you’re hopped up on Greene & Greene. Yes, I know the breadboard ends are proud on all sides, but I didn’t want any rocking plate issues, or bumps in our placemats. My previous dining room table has a routered V-groove between the field and the breadboard ends to celebrate the joinery and camoflage seasonal movement (which is much larger than I anticipated).

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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