|Project by JeffG||posted 11-13-2014 07:34 PM||1742 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
This awesomely modern cherry and walnut dining table measures 80 inches long by 38 inches wide and is 30 inches tall. It started with four 10 foot long 5/4 rough cut cherry boards, and some random sized walnut boards. Not going off any plans, except knowing that my wife wanted a wider table to replace our old, beat-up one, I was able to use every bit of the lumber between the top and the legs with very little scrap left over. One of the cherry boards was so cupped that I had to rip it into two pieces, which ended up allowing me to make the top symmetrical. With the top being so large and needing perfectly joined edges, I called in the help of a friend whose shop has a straight line rip saw (awesome). The top was glued up in two pieces to take advantage of his shops wide belt sander (more awesome). The final glue up only left me with one joint to hand sand. The final sanding working my way up through the grits took a long time which allowed me to debate on how to attach the table to the base. I thought it best to screw the center of the end aprons to the table and then use wood tabs (12) to allow for expansion and contraction of the top. The finish is three coats of Minwax Tung Oil Finish (wiping varnish), two coats of gloss poly, and topped off with one coat of satin poly (and now I’ll be investing in a spray gun).
Thanks for looking-
-- Jeff G, North Syracuse, NY