Walnut and Hickory Dining Table

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Project by Hutch posted 07-09-2014 03:55 AM 2070 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give - Winston Churchill

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 04:08 AM

Very COOL Table… Very nice grain…

Draw-bore pins = COOL… :)

Very nice… Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 07-09-2014 02:35 PM

That table looks great and the jointery just adds that special touch.
Nice job!

P.S. Do you think your buddy could drop some wood off at my house???? :)

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 07-10-2014 09:37 PM

That’s a great looking walnut table. Superb job on the jointery, Thanks for showing the details.

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Bill Huffman

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#4 posted 07-11-2014 01:35 AM

Great looking table. I would love to see a straight shot of just that top in the right light, I bet it has that 3-D effect you sometimes see with Walnut. Superb table.

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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#5 posted 07-11-2014 02:57 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. Bill, yes the grain really does have that “3D” effect. I didn’t get a chance to get a good picture. I just snapped a couple of pics as it was being loaded.

-- We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give - Winston Churchill

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