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Arts and Crafts Dining Table and Chairs #1: Design and Table Top Glue-up

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Blog entry by Marshall posted 12-15-2014 05:02 PM 2474 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been planning this project for quite some time. I actually started building reproduction Gustav Stickley Spindle chairs about three years ago. Other projects and a move got in the way, and they’ve been sitting disassembled in my closet for quite a while now.

I decided to start the dining room project back up recently but to start with the table. Once the table is complete, I’ll at least have a usable dining table that I can scrounge chairs up to use with while I focus on getting the Stickley chairs done.

The table design is inspired by Stickley’s spindle chairs as well as a few plans I found around the internet. The leaf mechanism is quite simple and comes from my parent’s dining table.

I was hoping to use QSWO sawn from a single log, but I wasnt able to find a local source with enough lumber to make that happen, so I picked individual boards that matched the best. The main table and the leaves are all cut from the same boards, so the grain will flow from the main table to the leaf.

It took me the better part of a weekend to mill all the boards for glue up. I glued them up in two steps, and now the table is ready for flattening

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com



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#1 posted 12-15-2014 05:09 PM

It looks like a cool design and a great start. I’m not sure of how much experience you have but I’ve seen a number of folks on LJs that have been connecting table tops to there aprons with pocket screws,this is a big mistake because it will not allow for wood movement.
I’m looking forward to seeing your completed table.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Marshall

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#2 posted 12-15-2014 05:16 PM

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#3 posted 12-15-2014 05:28 PM

Yep that’s one of a few ways that allows for wood movement ,good plan.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-16-2014 01:34 AM

I really like the design. Please keep the posts coming.

-- Art

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 01:32 AM

I’m investigating building a dining table myself. What is involved in “flattening” the table top? Any special tools or large equipment required? I’ve seen people use parallel rails and a router sled for rounds and slabs, I suppose that might work?

-- Darren

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 02:11 AM

I sure like working with white oak. Keep us up to date on your progress.

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

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Marshall

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 04:50 AM


I m investigating building a dining table myself. What is involved in “flattening” the table top? Any special tools or large equipment required? I ve seen people use parallel rails and a router sled for rounds and slabs, I suppose that might work?

- dvhart

Hi Darren,

I started answering your question here, but decided to make it its own post:

http://lumberjocks.com/mcomisar/blog/44777

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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#8 posted 04-22-2015 08:22 PM

Beautiful table Marshall! I started with pull-out breadboard ends exactly like your design and couldn’t get the breadboard edges to line up with the leaf/table edges, so I made my table fixed length and forced them into alignment and glued it all up. I don’t think I had gotten to blogging about that yet…

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

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