Various shenanigans #22: Making a farm house kitchen table

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 03-28-2014 03:33 AM 1825 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Months ago I was asked to make a farm house kitchen table. And a while ago I posted about flattening the top with my planes. Since I am not technically done (as I will explain) I decided to not post it to the projects, instead I will post a blog.

I had intended to make this table look 100 years old. So I used an old design, solid top, X frame legs with a wedge through tenon stretcher. Here is a picture from the under side..

And the tenon and wedge..

After planing and scraping the top, I decided to put in a couple of butterflies to cover the one knot and a small gouge in the top. Cool I thought… this will add some character. I applied a thin coat of blonde shellac to seal the wood and then some general finishes walnut gel stain. Then 3 coats of water based poly. I thought it looked awesome. Like it was 100 years old.

Wait… it looks 100 years old… used. I wanted it to look like it was new 100 years ago. Big difference.


Reseal with shellac..

Reapply gel stain and poly…

WAY better..



I had my client/friend come by today to have a look. He loved it. Everything about it. Made me super happy. Except… he has new chairs from when I started the table… his old chairs are 19” high… the new ones are 20”. So the table height of 28.5” is now an inch too low. See… not technically done.

I know exactly what I am going to do to modify it, and I think I will like it more when I am done. But it will have to wait… I have to go out of town for 2 weeks, leaving in a few days. But it should only take me a day or two once I get back…
..because… they have arrived!!!

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 05:28 AM

Those little bearings will haunt your sleep while you are away Jeremy. Maybe you better drop everything and finish the chevalet before you go ….... no wait, that would be even worse …..... maybe try counting sheep.

BTW, very nice table. My shipwright heritage has to comment on the wedge though. My old boss and mentor would call that a triangle. Proper wedges are low very low angled .......... but that is a small thing and I am the only one who will notice.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 10:50 AM

Hi Jeremy, Like your table, My eye caught the wedge too
I know what those bearings are for and can’t wait to see them put to use

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 01:32 PM

Thanks guys. I did not know that about the wedges. I can still modify the hole and make new ones, thanks for the heads up.

Yes, the bearings are going to keep me quite anxious until I get home. But its a work/training trip that I am quite looking forward to.

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