Table challenge01

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Project by dbkmd posted 05-31-2007 09:14 AM 2169 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing like getting down to the wire to finish a project! Actually, this one was so much fun I don’t think timing was much of an issue. Here is my table entry.

I used mahogany for all but the trim pieces. My son-in-law and daughter are building a house and have managed to acquire a large stash of the stuff for their flooring. It hasn’t been milled yet so I pilfered some for this table which I will give to them as a housewarming gift. I used 5/8” stock in place of 3/4” to give the whole piece a little lighter or delicate feel….besides, that’s all I had left after I planed out the imperfections.

The buttons on the front are pieces of black walnut (from the crib I’m making for them) and the cross design in the center is of oak. The buttons are all made on the lathe. I like circular shapes, I suppose because they give me a sense of completion, so I used round pieces in place of many of the square design elements in the original table.

I have always been impressed that the original top design looks like it would make a great serving tray so I incorporated that into my table. The top with the breadboard ends simply lifts off to be used as a tray. There is a sub-top underneath it that serves as the table top while you are serving with the upper top. The sub-top has a frame of regular mahogany with mitered corners surrounding a nice piece of spalted mahogany, mounted diagonally, that I used for the center. The tray-top has a cut-out on it’s underside that nests on the sub-top, effectively hiding it and providing perfect alignment. The undersides of the breadboard ends are coved lengthwise (like the legs) to give them a good, secure grip.

To make the legs a little more delicate and to give them more depth I cut a shallow cove with the table saw lengthwise on both exterior surfaces of each leg. I did this after I put the round oak pins in so the pins are flush and coved with the rest of the leg.

Photographing this table was challenging, too. Most notably, the shelf has very nice grain and is very crisp and clean but looks dusty in the pictures because of the lighting and shadows. Sorry.

I finished it with several coats of clear, semi-gloss polyurethane, no stain.

I can’t think of anything else unusual about my table but I sure love it. I hope my daughter and son-in-law do, too. And I hope you enjoy it.


-- David

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#1 posted 05-31-2007 12:36 PM

Very nice David
It’s kind of unique with the serving tray, & the diagonal inlays are real nice. The kids are going to cherish this heirloom.
Good Luck!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 05-31-2007 01:35 PM

Nice job, avid

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#3 posted 05-31-2007 02:03 PM

Great Job david. And congrtulations on finishing in the nuck of time.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 05-31-2007 03:41 PM

Talk about pushing it to the limit. And what a finish it is.

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#5 posted 05-31-2007 04:06 PM

Very neat! I like the serving top!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 05-31-2007 04:20 PM

Very cool. Another great table!

-- Paul, Texas

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#7 posted 05-31-2007 05:00 PM

Great table. I love the design.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 05-31-2007 06:13 PM

Another winner, beautiful and it being made from their house adds to the uniqueness of the table I like the dual purpose idea too. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 05-31-2007 06:40 PM

Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 05-31-2007 06:42 PM

Very nice…great idea on the serving tray!

-- Bob

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#11 posted 05-31-2007 06:42 PM

Was that a second top for the table? A very nice job.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 05-31-2007 08:06 PM

Fantastic table! The serving top put it …LOL … Over The Top!
Fantastic interpretation of teh project.
I am sure your daughter and son-in-law will thouroughly enjoy it!

Be Blessed,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#13 posted 06-01-2007 01:01 AM

This has to score high for originality within the design genre. Nice workmanship, David.

I would hate to be on the judging panel for all of these great submissions.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#14 posted 06-01-2007 04:50 PM

well aren’t you just the smarty-pants. What a great idea – and it’s beautiful!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 06-02-2007 10:14 PM

Well done. The idea for the serving tray and the sub-top is brilliant. Good Job.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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