|Project by conradgt76||posted 03-11-2015 05:45 PM||5257 views||41 times favorited||30 comments|
This was my first commissioned piece that I finished in December of ‘14.
It looks smaller than it is because of the thickness of the pieces. The edges of the top are 4” thick and the legs are 4”x6”.
The wood is cedar and the joints are all pegged mortise and tennon. No screws, No nails, and the only glue used was for making the top, but the breadboard ends are pegged.
The only metal is two bead bolts that hold the stretcher to the end leg assemblies. This was done so that it could be disassembled for transportation. So the base is three peices and the top is mortised to sit on the base and eliminates the need for a skirt. Once the stretcher is cinched, the 100+ lb top does not move.
The whole table is designed to allow the top to move. The breadboard ends for example, have one tight peg in the center and horizontally loose pegs on each side of center. After about a month in a climate controlled house in winter, the top has shrunk 1/8” on each side. There is no checking, the ends and base allowed the top to contract naturally.
side note, there are a few things i would change about the finished table, one obvious thing is the darkness of the end-grain on the bb ends. that was sanded to 600 grit, the rest of the table was sanded to 220.