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Dining table inspired by the Greene & Greene Thorsen table #27: Final Wrap Up

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 10-06-2017 01:38 AM 953 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that this project is completed, I decided to tally up some totals:

Board feet of Sapele used: 249
4’ x 8’ sheets of 3/4” baltic birch plywood: 5
Square feet of shop sawn veneer: 108
Hours to complete (estimated): 500
Number of square ebony plugs: 142
Number of ebony splines: 32
Number of rectangular plugs: 22
Quarts of finish used: 5
Number of new router bits needed to make the joinery: 16

What worked well?

The decision to finalize the design for the elliptical table top in AutoCAD and have a local millwork shop make the pattern routing templates on their CNC was key to having all of the components for the top fit together perfectly. The center field, edge banding components and ebony splines fit precisely right off the pattern routing with no fine tuning required.

The Leigh FMT jig is a very precise tool and worked well for the angled mortise and tenon work needed for the base pedestals on this table.

Carefully planning and thinking through the steps of construction and assembly for this table was key to making sure it came together successfully.

What would I do differently?

I would have bought my veneers instead of taking the time to make shop sawn veneer. Not only would I have been able to better select for grain pattern but it would have saved a tremendous amount of time and labor.

I might consider a semi-gloss finish instead of satin, at least in the Target Coatings line. The satin has just a bit less sheen than I would like.

Overall this was a fun and challenging project and I’m glad I took it on.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"



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edapp

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#1 posted 10-06-2017 11:47 AM

This was a phenomenal project and a joy for me to read. Thank you for taking the time to post the information here.

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CaptainSkully

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#2 posted 10-06-2017 03:27 PM

Thank you for taking the time to take us along for the ride. I doubt I’ll ever make anything so epic.

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

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#3 posted 10-06-2017 05:13 PM

wow doesn’t look like it was a cheap project but was sure worth the time and money.just phenominal work buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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EarlS

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#4 posted 10-06-2017 05:35 PM

Tung, I can barely keep up with your blogs, let alone the amount of high quality work you complete. Did I miss your final pictures of the table with all of the leaves in it?

Looks like I need to step up both the quality and quantity of my woodworking just to keep pace…....

Thanks for taking all of the time to post your progress on the table. I always appreciate it when others take the time to show their work and explain their approach to the process.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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TungOil

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#5 posted 10-06-2017 11:03 PM



wow doesn t look like it was a cheap project ….
- pottz

It wasn’t, I didn’t post the total cost just in case my wife is reading these….

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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TungOil

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#6 posted 10-06-2017 11:04 PM


Did I miss your final pictures of the table with all of the leaves in it?

- EarlS

I have not brought the leaves upstairs yet, too busy cutting chair parts!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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pottz

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#7 posted 10-07-2017 02:31 AM


wow doesn t look like it was a cheap project ….
- pottz

It wasn t, I didn t post the total cost just in case my wife is reading these….

- TungOil
</blockquote tung mums the word buddy,what happens in the shop stays in the shop!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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pottz

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#8 posted 10-07-2017 02:32 AM


wow doesn t look like it was a cheap project ….
- pottz

It wasn t, I didn t post the total cost just in case my wife is reading these….

- TungOil


tung what happens in the shop stays in the shop buddy!-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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