Modern Hickory Table

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Project by Kyle posted 08-04-2014 02:43 AM 3450 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago I had a hickory tree from my property milled into 4/4 lumber. It was drying in the hayloft until my wife came up with this idea for a contemporary table made of a thick slab. I had no such slabs of the appropriate thickness so I laminated the hickory together. The legs are attached to the top with a fabricated steel bracket. The lumber was poor quality so the top is pieced together from shorts to work around the bad spots.

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 03:04 AM

It looks awesome. Not to be a downer, but I hope it doesn’t sag.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 03:06 AM

No shame in using shorts to make a table. In fact if you left a few “bad” elements it would have only increased the appeal of the piece. (just fill with clear epoxy). Love it though!! Great job.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 03:06 AM

Really nice. Love the design.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 03:34 AM

Looks good Kyle!

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 11:07 AM

Very nice & well crafted table. I’m curious about the construction process, especially the top. What method was used to flatten the assembled top?, what finish did you use? Thanks.

-- "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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#6 posted 08-04-2014 11:28 AM

Top looks like a complicated glue-up

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#7 posted 08-04-2014 12:27 PM

Nice work Kyle.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 08-04-2014 01:10 PM

I flattened the assembled top with a hand plane and finished with Danish oil. I jointed and planed finished sub sections (with a jointer and thickness planer) before the final glue-up to minimize the hand planing.

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#9 posted 08-04-2014 05:48 PM

Hickory is such beautiful wood! Nice job!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#10 posted 08-04-2014 05:57 PM

Very kewl, I love the design

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#11 posted 08-05-2014 01:49 AM

beautiful table,nice design and work.

welcome to lumberjocks!!!!

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#12 posted 08-05-2014 02:48 AM

you did a great job laminating this wood and getting around the bad spots, it looks fantastic….a really great design, and a beautiful finish…a real show piece to me…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 08-05-2014 09:31 AM

Great job, makes perfect sense to use what you have and make it look this nice to boot. Love the soft angles on the legs and the brrackets make it solid I’m sure.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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