Stickley Dining Table no. 622 #1: History

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 03-31-2007 05:32 PM 2889 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We had a maple kitchen table that was very nice, but not the style we wanted for our house.
After I made the mahogany coffee table, I was feeling confident to tackle something larger.

Kristin and I enrolled in a “work completion lab” at the community college.
I looked through several plans. I really wanted to make one with curved stretchers and a top that was held on by massive sliding dovetails. (I still want to make it). We decided it was beyond our skills.

So we picked a basic Stickley trestle dining table, but scaled it down for our living room. It features a massive top and through/keyed tenons.

I spent one day running to Bonhoff Lumber to buy the rought 8/4 1/4sawn oak material.

Here it is so far:

  1. Chopping the through tenons by hand as the thickness of the legs prohibited the use of the mortiser. The chips were flyin.
  2. Keyed tenons
  3. Learned to resaw: Veneered quartersawn oak to two faces of each leg so that all faces are quartersawn.
  4. Jointing huge pieces
To come
  1. Sand top
  2. Ease edges and corners of top
  3. Sand tenon keys #Apply Finish
  4. Attach top

We stopped working on it because we needed to find the right finish. (Plus, see all my other excuses on prior post). I have been experimenting with a billion different stains. I also acquired ammonia (the real stuff) from a parent in my class who runs a blueprint shop. I have not had time to fume some samples. I am also not sure what type of clear finish to put over the whole thing. Shellac is out due to the sloshing beer/wine problem. Any advice? (Yes I have seent the twelve step process).

I will post some of my 50 stain samples sometime.

By the way: I have a new policy. No starting a project until a finish schedule is in place.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 03-31-2007 07:03 PM

Looks Nice.

-- JohnShackleford,North Carolina

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#2 posted 03-31-2007 07:16 PM

Great design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-31-2007 07:42 PM

That is really coming together nicely… Will be looking forward to seeing the finished product. What type of finish are you planning on using? I would recommend some kind of Poly for a durable finish that will stand up….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 03-31-2007 08:02 PM

I am not sure… what to do….

I have another small table that I am working on out of the same batch of wood.

I have tried the Minway Wipe-on Poly… I am worried it will look to plastic…

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#5 posted 03-31-2007 08:06 PM

this is big! and very nice.
I can’t help you with finishes; it hasn’t been on my experimenting list yet. But I’ll be interested to see what you decide on.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 03-31-2007 10:08 PM

Nothing like hand cutting through mortises in white oak! ;^)

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 05:47 AM


-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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