|Project by TheWoodenOyster||posted 05-22-2014 12:01 PM||1686 views||8 times favorited||18 comments|
This is a solid cherry dining table I made as a low-profit commission for the in-laws. I had some free time in between jobs and they were nice enough to allow me to build a custom dining room table for them. They had been wanting something new for a while, so I went over and talked through the design with my mother in law. From our conversation, I could tell she wanted something a little bit different and unique, but not outrageously weird. Daniel Chaffin’s dining table on the front of FWW Oct 2013 popped into my head. I showed it to her and she loved it. So, off I went.
Final dimensions were about 82” x 41”, and it can seat 8 comfortably (which was one of the primary goals). I made it out of solid cherry, so as you can imagine, multiple glue-ups were done for the top. It is all mortise and tenon joinery, other than the screws that hold the top onto the base. My favorite part of the table is the tapering edges (just the long sides). They were done by cutting a pretty harsh bevel onto the long sides and and then cutting a long smooth curve along the bevel. You can see this is photo 2 the best. The curved and tapering edges are really what makes this piece stand out.
All surfaces other than the underside of the tabletop were sanded to 220. I put about 40 hours of sanding time into this project. Finish was a coat of BLO, then 3 coats of wipe-on poly on the legs, 5 coats of wipe-on poly on the top. I prefinished before doing the final glue-up and was very glad I did.
I am really pleased with how this turned out. It was fun to sit down at our last family gathering and have a nice conversation with family around a table that I made with my own hands. Nothing like it in the world. All in all, I put about 155 hours of work into this table, from rough lumber to delivery. Lots of fun. Hope y’all like it.
-- The Wood Is Your Oyster