|Project by Hutch||posted 07-09-2014 03:55 AM||1235 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
A friend dropped off some 5/4 walnut at my house when I was out of town…So I decided to make a dining table out of it for their family. The finished dimensions of the top were 72X43. I used some 8/4 hickory for the legs which are tapered on the two inside faces and 4/4 hickory for the aprons and stretchers. I pegged the haunched tenons and dovetailed the stretchers into the long aprons.
There was some twist in the top after glue up and the breadboard ends took out most, but not all of the twist. The 5 mortises in the breadboard ends were 2 1/2 inches deep and a 1/2 inch tongue ran the width of the table ends. I pegged the breadboards and glued the middle section while using paraffin on the outer ones with elongated holes to allow for movement.
All in all a really fun project. I did cut the joinery by hand and chopping all the mortises took quite a bit of time. I finished the table with 3 coats of a home mixed oil/varnish blend and covered with 3 coats of a thinned varnish with no oil.
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