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Project by BOOM_TOWN posted 10-20-2014 01:19 PM 3410 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

88’’ x 42’’ x 30’’ Walnut Dining Room Table.

The theme of this project construction was “unwieldy.”

The top is made of 6’’ boards, dimensioned on my Ridgid R4512 table saw with outfeed tables built for this specific project. Doing this on an uneven garage floor made it very difficult to keep the cuts precise.

I then glued the boards up in pairs, then glued the pairs together.

Lots of sapwood on the bottom:

My original plan was to bring the table top to a local hardwood store and have them run it through their drum sander. Turns out their sander was not wide enough, and the other store I inquired with charged just too much for the service. So I decided to hand-flatten the top. This was not a trivial exercise as the glue-up was not well-aligned in a couple spots. Because I’m only able to work a couple weekends out of each month on this project, having to hand-flatten the top delayed the project by over a month. I also did this in the heat of the Houston summer. I don’t think I’ve sweat so much in my life as I did over that month.

The legs are about 3.5’’ x 3.5’’, made by gluing up two 8/4 boards and tapering them on the table saw:

I made a router mortising jig for this project, too:

Gluing up the base:

I finished the project with three coats of Gloss Arm-R-Seal followed by one coat of Satin Arm-R-Seal

I had a couple big concerns throughout the project construction. First, because dimensioning the boards with my equipment was so difficult (no jointer, uneven garage floor made it difficult to get outfeed tables level), I was concerned about gaps between the table top boards. I ended up being able to touch up the boards with my Stanley #6 sufficiently to avoid that problem.

Second, I was concerned that hand-flattening the top would show a ton of imperfections once the finish went on. This also was a non-issue. I actually thought what few “imperfections” carried through to the end added some positive character to the table top. I was also concerned that slight thickness differences from one side of the board to the other would be noticeable once sitting down to eat at the table. Turns out the table is big enough to make this concern a non issue.

My most useful tool throughout this project was without a doubt Lumberjocks.

I think back to what my wife and I had as kitchen tables growing up. Even though we had relatively low-quality tables growing up, both tables are still in use today (my brother has our old one; we were using hers up until this project). Knowing the construction, wood, and design quality of this project, I know I have at least a half century to enjoy this dining table.





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Kelly

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#1 posted 10-20-2014 03:36 PM

You did a great job, this really turned out nice. I’m sure you will enjoy it for many years to come!

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 10-20-2014 04:03 PM

Nice table. Keep up the good work.

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

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Moose82

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#3 posted 10-20-2014 05:30 PM

very nice table. Plan on making one soon also. thanks for sharing.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#4 posted 10-20-2014 06:37 PM

Great table. Classic, simple and just right!
And like that you took the fight and did the top hand-style. Have you tryed using a scrub plane? In case you havent consider getting one. Use mine all the time and, despite being small and not really impressive, makes quick work of even thick boards. Think i payed 2€ for it, a nice German or Dutch one, at a fleamarket..

Great that you added build images. Thats how we learn here!

Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Notw

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#5 posted 10-20-2014 08:29 PM

Very nice looking table! Do you have any pictures of the outfeed table? I have a TS3660 and am interested in how you attached the outfeed to the saw.

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exelectrician

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#6 posted 10-20-2014 09:13 PM

Your investment in sweat equity in this project will last your whole life – I doubt you will ever part with this baby!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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AnonymousRequest

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#7 posted 10-20-2014 09:53 PM

Great job, nice and clean looking. It hurts my shoulders looking at all those shavings.

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Mean_Dean

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#8 posted 10-21-2014 12:10 AM

Very nice looking dining table! I love walnut, and you did it proud!

A suggestion for when gluing up tabletop boards, If I may: If you can beg/borrow/steal a biscuit jointer, it’ll make life much easier when it comes to aligning the boards during glueup.

-- Dean

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drewpy

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#9 posted 10-21-2014 01:31 AM

Great work. Beautiful, clean lines and simple. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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lumbermeister

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#10 posted 10-21-2014 09:56 AM

Very nice! How did you attach the table top to the base?

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English

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#11 posted 10-26-2014 10:26 PM

Beautiful Table, I know you will be proud of it forever, It will be loved by you heirs.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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Tooch

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#12 posted 10-29-2014 09:52 AM

That’s a real badass table. I’m sure everytime you sit down to eat you will remember the days of sweating in your garage, trying to flatten the top by hand. Excellent work

did you keep any of those planer shavings for nostalgia??

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Tooch

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#13 posted 10-29-2014 10:03 AM

That’s a real badass table. I’m sure everytime you sit down to eat you will remember the days of sweating in your garage, trying to flatten the top by hand. Excellent work

did you keep any of those planer shavings for nostalgia??

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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