Mahogany "Farm Style" Dining Table

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Project by bradadsit posted 08-05-2014 09:15 PM 3183 views 30 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was based on the “The Not-So-Rustic Rustic Outdoor Table” plans by Marc Spagnolo (The Wood Whisperer). My wife had been wanting a farm style table. We were in the process of buying our first home and wanted to upgrade the dining furniture in the process. I had reviewed several designs online and Marc’s fit the bill perfectly.

I decided to use 8/4 African Mahogany (Khaya). Part of me wanted to finish it with a more natural/clear finish and let it patina dark over time. However, it was decided that I would try to match the finish of our kitchen cabinets using a dye stain.

I used Rockler’s Beadlock system for the joinery, and upgraded to the 1/2” size due to the thickness of the materials being used. Since I haven’t take the “plunge” to purchase a Domino, the Beadlock was a really excellent alternative. It expedited the joinery significantly and I will definitely be using it again.

For the stain I used a mix of General Finishes Dye Stain. It took some experimenting to match the cabinets, and the final mixture proved to be: 1 part yellow + 2 parts Dark Brown. After staining I applied 3-4 costs of General Finishes Enduro-Var using an HVLP sprayer. It is a durable finish that can stand up the daily abuse of my 3 year old twins, as well as very easy to spray.

My biggest challenge during this project was the breadboard ends. This is probably due to the slight imperfections on the end cut of the large glued-up table top. Again, I have not yet made the Festool investment to acquire a TrackSaw. I almost used this project as a justification for the purchase, but decided to hold off. I used a shop-made saw guide and hand-planed the end with a low-profile jack plane to get the best results I could. There is a small gap between the end of the panel and the breadboard end, but it is relatively minor and probably not noticeable by most non-woodworkers. I may someday decide to come back and clean it up by removing and re-attaching the end.

This project is by far my biggest woodworking undertaking and certainly pushed my skills and equipment to the limits, but the results are very satisfying.

-- bradadsit

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 09:20 PM

Beautiful table, great job!

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 11:19 PM

Good looking table

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 12:00 AM

Man that’s a beautiful dining table! I guess when you buy a new house, you need new furniture! (At least that’s my excuse…....!)

-- Dean

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 12:21 AM

Lovely table, and wonderful comments & lessons learned. Thanks for sharing!

I eat every day in a breakfast nook that I cringe when I look at … I made it 20+ years ago, and I DEFINITELY see the imperfections. My wife and kids … they just eat there. It’s a part of our family, and I’m sure no one else sees the, uh, learning. I learned my lessons, and that’s a good thing.

How did you flatten the table top? I’m about to do my first dining room table, and I need to know!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 01:16 AM

You must be very proud of that piece. It’s beautiful and represents excellent craftsmanship! And you “killed” the finish!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 02:48 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words!

Henry –
To get a flat glue up I followed the typical milling process for all my boards. First, I jointed one face to make sure I had a true/flat reference surface before running through the planer. I then jointed one edge and ran the other edge through the table saw. Once had all the boards with 4 flat and square sides, I used my thinnest board as the reference thickness and ran the rest of the boards through the planer as many times as it took to get them all the same thickness. This made for a pretty flat glue up. For any of the rough or uneven spots I used my Jack plane (good work out). Once that was done I just sanded with the ROS in sequence of grits from 80-220. Using that process the table came out nice and flat and I was happy with the results. Hope this helps, good luck with your table build!

-- bradadsit

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 02:54 AM

Great looking table, excellent job.

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

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

That is a fine table. I love the thickness of the top.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#9 posted 08-06-2014 11:58 AM

You did a really nice job. You see the imperfections, but everyone else sees “wow, your husband can build a table like that? do you think he could build one for us?”—and your kids think (or they will) “my dad can make anything”—and your wife thinks “hey, I got a keeper all right!”

Good job!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#10 posted 08-06-2014 12:07 PM

beautiful table. The finish looks great. I also use, for the first time, a HVLP sprayer on my last project with General finishes and was quite pleased with the result.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 08-06-2014 12:59 PM

My wife just looked over my shoulder, and said “oooh I like that one” I think a new kitchen table just got put on the list! hahahaha
Great job on that table, dont let the imperfections bug you too much.

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

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#12 posted 08-06-2014 02:50 PM

Great looking table.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#13 posted 08-06-2014 05:43 PM

Looks great. I hope to be able to do work like that one day.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#14 posted 08-06-2014 07:02 PM

Great Job, you did amazing for your first big project I’m sure there will be many more success’s in the future

So beautifull

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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