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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 09-13-2015 07:00 PM 2361 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You can see how I built the table in a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL0kh2faVpk

My sister-in-law and her husband recently moved back home from out of town. They have a dining room, but no dining table so she asked me to build one for her. She picked out some plans online and they are free from Shanty-2-Chic.com. She told me not to change a thing. The only things I did different were related to the construction and assembly. Otherwise, it looks just like the one in the plans.

It’s made completely out of wood I bought from Home Depot. I had some struggles dealing with the low quality of the wood and certain knotty areas, but it came out looking okay. My sister-in-law likes it which is what is important, I guess.

Some details not covered in the video:
I cut my own dowels out of a dowel rod because it is cheaper that way. I used poplar or red oak dowels, since they are a little more dense than pine. The stain color is called Carrington. I used matte finish polyurethane – 3 coats on the top – according to the plans. On the base I did a coat of wipe-on glossy poly and then another top coat of the matte poly. The nooks and crannies of the base made it a huge pain to stain.

I wanted to take some more final shots and footage, but my sister-in-law’s lights were not working. Had I known I would have taken some good footage before I delivered it. Sorry if a couple of shots are too dark.

Link to shanty-2-chic project:
http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2014/05/restoration-hardware-inspired-dining-table-for-110.html

They said you could build this for $110, but I spent closer to $200. The $110 must be just for wood. I had to buy screws, sanding pads, dowel rod, polyurethane, brushes, rags, etc… in order to have everything I needed for the project.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9



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Dave Rutan

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#1 posted 09-13-2015 08:13 PM

That’s a great looking table. And yea, big projects usually go over budget because of all the consumables that aren’t taken into account initially.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 09-14-2015 12:01 AM

Chris, You did an outstanding job on this table! Now we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the dimensional lumber will continue to behave. Your stain/finish came out a lot better than most pine projects.
And your helper is an absolute doll!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 09-14-2015 12:51 AM

Very nice work on this table, came out looking awesome. Is there any reason why you didn’t use 2X material for the top? in lieu of the edge trim boards. Just curious, thinking about alternate design considerations.
Bet the sister in law is very happy with this.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Chris McDowell

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#4 posted 09-14-2015 09:32 AM



That s a great looking table. And yea, big projects usually go over budget because of all the consumables that aren t taken into account initially.

- Dave Rutan

Thanks!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Chris McDowell

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#5 posted 09-14-2015 09:33 AM



Chris, You did an outstanding job on this table! Now we ll keep our fingers crossed that the dimensional lumber will continue to behave. Your stain/finish came out a lot better than most pine projects.
And your helper is an absolute doll!

- gfadvm

Thanks! I have some concerns about the top, to be honest. The stain did turn out much better than I expected. I didn’t even use any blotch control before applying stain.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Chris McDowell

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#6 posted 09-14-2015 09:40 AM



Very nice work on this table, came out looking awesome. Is there any reason why you didn t use 2X material for the top? in lieu of the edge trim boards. Just curious, thinking about alternate design considerations.
Bet the sister in law is very happy with this.

- Oldtool

The plans called for 1×6s. I was a little wary at first when I read the plans, but I needed to stay in budget so I just went with it. I already mentioned to someone else that if I did it again I would use 2×6s and glue the panel (but I would need several more clamps). The thickness would allow me some room to plane and clean up the surface after gluing. Couldn’t do that with 1×6s. They were already beginning to bow during construction, but I didn’t want to make them any thinner since 3/4” is already on the thin side. I have a lot of concerns about the top and how it will hold up, especially since the plans called for the 2×4 frame around the 1×6 panel, which goes against conventional wisdom, framing in a solid-wood panel. Time will tell. If it goes to crap, I’ll redo the top.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Mean_Dean

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#7 posted 09-15-2015 12:35 AM

A couple of thoughts:

Great looking dining table!

Man, that’s a lot of pocket screws!

I love using your house as a stop block!

I hope that tabletop frame doesn’t blow apart with expansion…......!

Overall a great looking table that I’m sure your SIL really loves. I’m sure she and her family will enjoy many fine meals around it!

-- Dean

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Chris McDowell

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#8 posted 09-18-2015 01:02 AM



A couple of thoughts:

Great looking dining table!

Man, that s a lot of pocket screws!

I love using your house as a stop block!

I hope that tabletop frame doesn t blow apart with expansion…......!

Overall a great looking table that I m sure your SIL really loves. I m sure she and her family will enjoy many fine meals around it!

- Mean_Dean

Thanks! I do have concerns about the top panel being framed in by the 2×4s, since that goes against a big rule in woodworking. I’ll probably do a follow up in a year or so seeing how it holds up. It was super cheap to make, so if I have to make another top in a more proper way, then I will.


-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 09-18-2015 02:18 PM

This turned out nicely, Chris.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 09-18-2015 08:03 PM

I posted this under your profile by mistake .

Chris
This table does look fine, but I would never build a table with bad plans and joinery and material because the customer said “not to change a thing”. These online plans are made by people who may have a great design sense but know nothing about woodworking or wood movement. To me making something with the idea that if my incorrect choice of joinery does not work out “I’ll build another one” is a waste of time and money for more material. I know saying this seems like I’m picking on you,but I’m disagreeing with this type of build and joinery,not you personly. If others follow this way of building furniture I feel they will become very disappointed when their beautiful projects starts cupping and blowing up because of short cut joinery. Sorry to not be more complementary on your project.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Chris McDowell

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#11 posted 09-18-2015 09:14 PM



I posted this under your profile by mistake .

Chris
This table does look fine, but I would never build a table with bad plans and joinery and material because the customer said “not to change a thing”. These online plans are made by people who may have a great design sense but know nothing about woodworking or wood movement. To me making something with the idea that if my incorrect choice of joinery does not work out “I’ll build another one” is a waste of time and money for more material. I know saying this seems like I’m picking on you,but I’m disagreeing with this type of build and joinery,not you personly. If others follow this way of building furniture I feel they will become very disappointed when their beautiful projects starts cupping and blowing up because of short cut joinery. Sorry to not be more complementary on your project.

- a1Jim

It’s ok, here was my reply:

Thanks for your insight, a1Jim. I respect your viewpoint on the matter and will consider your advice for future projects.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Roger

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#12 posted 09-20-2015 01:40 PM

Very cool looking table Chris.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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