Large Dining Room Table

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Project by Andy Brownell posted 07-06-2009 05:49 PM 2601 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a large dining room table in Cherry. 45” x 96” long. 5/4 thick top. Base is solid cherry.
I made this for my sister as my first official commissioned piece. Biggest challenge here was sanding and finishing because of the overall size and mass of the piece.
Table has some small design details to match the hutch shown. Chairs were purchased.

-- Andy Brownell

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#1 posted 07-06-2009 05:54 PM

Very nice! You said commission for your sister. If I may ask, how did you price it? Also, how did you come up with 45” x 108”? I’m sitting at our mocked-up 45” x 72” and it’s huge. I was thinking about cutting it down a foot of length and trimming the width to keep the 1.618x ratio.

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#2 posted 07-06-2009 06:54 PM

Cool piece, hutch too. Nice job on the finish.

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#3 posted 07-06-2009 07:59 PM

Another beauty oustanding love that cherry.

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#4 posted 07-06-2009 09:07 PM

ditto a1Jim

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#5 posted 07-07-2009 02:25 AM

very nice…well done

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#6 posted 07-07-2009 03:20 AM

very nice table, I like the finish on it, it fits the cherry nicely

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#7 posted 07-07-2009 04:20 AM

Thanks for the comments. The finish is always the same:
Watco Danish oil.
Wet sanded with progressive grits of sandpaper. 220, 320, 400, and 600.
Wiping dry the oil bleed out in between coats.
Then after 24-48 hours of cure time, apply butchers wax with a #OOOO grade steel wool.
Allow to dry about 10-15 minutes.
Buff dry with a cloth.

Anyone interested in me blogging about this process?
I can’t lay ownership to it, as it is one I learned from Jeff Miller (J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture) as an apprentice.

-- Andy Brownell

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#8 posted 07-07-2009 01:31 PM

Andy, Great looking table, the color is great. And as everyone has said the finish looks great. Very nice.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 07-10-2009 05:28 PM


I found your posting while searching for information on Habitant furniture which is what I have at my River home. Bonnie and I looked at each of your pieces and are impressed but not surprised that the person who masterfully rebuilt our stone fire pit could also create beautiful furniture.

I use the same Watco on my canoe gunwales to good effect.

Best regards to you and Toni.


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#10 posted 07-10-2009 06:46 PM

Thanks George. Great to hear from you!

-- Andy Brownell

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#11 posted 08-01-2009 05:08 AM

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#12 posted 10-16-2009 03:59 PM

Nice dining room table.

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#13 posted 12-17-2009 01:03 AM

Wonderful table – you do excellent work

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