Large Dining Room Table

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Project by Andy Brownell posted 1871 days ago 2126 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 1871 days ago

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 1871 days ago

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

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

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#3 posted 1871 days ago

Another beauty oustanding love that cherry.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1871 days ago

ditto a1Jim

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#5 posted 1870 days ago

very nice…well done

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#6 posted 1870 days ago

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

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Andy Brownell

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#7 posted 1870 days ago

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 1870 days ago

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 1867 days ago


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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Andy Brownell

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#10 posted 1867 days ago

Thanks George. Great to hear from you!

-- Andy Brownell

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#11 posted 1845 days ago

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#12 posted 1769 days ago

Nice dining room table.

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#13 posted 1707 days ago

Wonderful table – you do excellent work

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