|Project by English||posted 10-02-2014 01:33 AM||2360 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
My wife asked me to build her a new dinning room table that was only 36” wide, she wanted it oval. The finished table is 36” x 45” with two 12” leaves. The pedestal is made from 12/4 soft maple. The top and leaves are made from 4/4 Ambrosia Maple. I chose boards that were very lite with ambrosia, just enough to offer some contrast and character.
The 12/4 maple was just about all my 1.75 hp Saw Stop could handle. Cut the wedges at 22.5 degrees.
Glued the wedges up into a octagon clamping with strap clamps.
Mounted the octagon in the lathe and tuned and sanded center column.
The legs were cut from the 12/4 maple at the band saw then drilled for mounting bolts and leveling feet.
The apron was made by re-sawing a 3 1/2” board into 3/32” boards.
I build it up with the 3/32 boards until I had 3/4” then glued and bent it around a form.
The apron was cleaned up on the jointer and made parallel at the table saw
Then the apron was attached using pocket holes with the guide hole drilled out 3/32” larger than the shaft of the pocket screws. I read a Fine Woodworking Article That said pocket holes would offer enough expansion for table tops below 30” if the shaft hole in the pocket is drilled out larger than the screw shaft and just snugged up, not real tight.
The apron leaves and the tops where assembled, pinned, and latched. The slides were attached.
The table was assembled and adjusted.
The table was then sanded and finished with a wash of mineral spirits and 8 coats of wipe on poly.
-- John, Suffolk Virgina