Mesquite & Pecan Dining Table #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by Dabilene posted 02-08-2013 03:16 PM 1383 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am putting together a hunting camp and the bunkhouse needs a dining table. The space will fit a 48” square table nicely (I’m a little apprehensive about trying a round table, so square it is).

This is my first project that I consider “furniture”. I’ve been limited to shop fixtures, cutting boards, pens, etc.

I live in Abilene, Texas, and we have a great mesquite supplier – Lankford Mesquite. I ended up with beautiful 4/4 boards for $12/board foot. They were around 13” wide & 7’ long. I had some pecan that I had been saving.

Here’s the initial layout:

I don’t have a jointer, so I dimensioned the boards on the table saw/miter saw. Then I planed to uniform thickness.

3 separate glue-ups to make it easier for me.

I was worried that the 1” thickness wouldn’t be visually proportionate, so I added a pecan trim.

Then lots & lots & lots of sanding to get to this point.

To be continued…..

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Chris Mobley

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 04:05 PM

Nice work so far… keep it up.
I cant wait to see the final product!

-- Chris Mobley -

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 05:43 PM

Looks good so far. I am a little worried about the pecan trim, did that get glued across the end grain?

Best of luck with this nice table!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 02-09-2013 01:34 PM

Yes – it is glued across the end grain. I used pocket hole screws to hopefully hold it together.

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