Dining Table

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Project by JeffG posted 11-13-2014 07:34 PM 1700 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 11-13-2014 08:49 PM

Very nice looking table, should serve you well for many years

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#2 posted 11-13-2014 09:03 PM

Should be a family heirloom. Nice

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

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#3 posted 11-13-2014 09:16 PM

great looking table.

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#4 posted 11-14-2014 12:47 AM

Love it. Looks like the family approves too!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 11-14-2014 02:09 AM

Awesome stuff. Don’t invite me over for dinner, I’d just stare at the cherry all meal long. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 11-14-2014 02:09 PM

Beautiful table, great finish – looks fantastic.

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#7 posted 11-14-2014 06:57 PM

You can invite me over for dinner anytime I would also eat everything on offer . LOL Anyway as said this is what furniture/cabinet making is all about. No cheap veneered IKEA rubbish. Your table will indeed become an heirloom and will still be around in hundreds of years time.I have a question for you.

Will Ikea tables be around in ten years time? I think we know the answer to that.LOL
Well done and your wife is beaming with delight. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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