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Project by Chris McDowell posted 10-24-2015 01:37 PM 2077 views 15 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister-in-law needed a dining table and found some plans and asked me to make it. The plans are from shanty-2-chic.com and they are based on a table from Restoration Hardware which costs $2500.

I wasn’t going to post it here, although I did post it on my blog here, but decided to go ahead and do it anyway. I committed a grievous woodworking sin in the way I made the top, which was according to the plans. I see the error of my ways and will probably never do it again, but alas, the deed is done and the table is delivered. I won’t describe it here. You’ll have to watch the video to see.

I made the table for free; it was a gift. I’ve inquired about the top and they said it is fine. I told them I wanted to keep tabs on the top and will do a follow up later.

I recorded the build process and posted it on YouTube if you would like to see how it’s made. It’s a great looking table, but if you make it, you may want to consider another way to construct the top to avoid possible problems later on.

Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL0kh2faVpk


-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9





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bearkatwood

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#1 posted 10-24-2015 02:08 PM

I used 2×6’s to make my first table and it didn’t turn out any where near that beautiful, nice job!

-- Brian Noel

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johnstoneb

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#2 posted 10-24-2015 02:38 PM

Nice looking table. Came out really great. I understand your concern on the top. You’ll just have to watch it. It will be inside humidity changes won’t be large and will be fairly slow it might be OK.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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BurlyBob

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#3 posted 10-24-2015 02:49 PM

That is a really nice table. I think movement will be as big an issue as you might think. At least let’s hope not.

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Chris McDowell

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#4 posted 10-24-2015 04:07 PM



I used 2×6 s to make my first table and it didn t turn out any where near that beautiful, nice job!

- bearkatwood

Thank you very much!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Chris McDowell

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#5 posted 10-24-2015 04:08 PM



Nice looking table. Came out really great. I understand your concern on the top. You ll just have to watch it. It will be inside humidity changes won t be large and will be fairly slow it might be OK.

- johnstoneb

Yes, hopefully it will be OK. Thanks for your comment!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Chris McDowell

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#6 posted 10-24-2015 04:11 PM


That is a really nice table. I think movement will be as big an issue as you might think. At least let s hope not.
- BurlyBob

Thank you Bob. I tried to look for follow up from the many people who have already made the table, but can’t find anything about how it has lasted. It seems if it was causing lots of problems at least one person who built it would have commented saying so.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Oldtool

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#7 posted 10-24-2015 06:24 PM

Nice table considering construction grade lumber, good accurate work. Came out very nice.
I understand the pocket holes for the leg joints, but why not just glue the top together?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Chris McDowell

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#8 posted 10-24-2015 08:41 PM



Nice table considering construction grade lumber, good accurate work. Came out very nice.
I understand the pocket holes for the leg joints, but why not just glue the top together?

- Oldtool

I only have 2 clamps long enough to span the width of the table. Wouldn’t have been able to clamp well enough, although I guess I could’ve added glue in addition to the pocket holes for a better hold.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Gixxerjoe04

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#9 posted 10-24-2015 09:49 PM

Looks good, hope the table top holds up but will be curious to see if it does.

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Chris McDowell

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#10 posted 10-24-2015 11:31 PM



Looks good, hope the table top holds up but will be curious to see if it does.

- Gixxerjoe04

Thanks for checking it out, Gixxerjoe04!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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bushmaster

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#11 posted 10-24-2015 11:58 PM

Looks very professionally built. I take it. didn’t see what type of wood was used. good work. Just as nice and functional as expensive woods.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Chris McDowell

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#12 posted 10-25-2015 01:40 AM



Looks very professionally built. I take it. didn t see what type of wood was used. good work. Just as nice and functional as expensive woods.

- bushmaster

Thanks, Brian! The wood is all construction grade lumber from Home Depot, a big home/DIY store here.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Pointer

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#13 posted 10-25-2015 02:17 AM

That table looks strong enough to hold any meal I would eat, and good enough to eat that meal anywhere.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 10-25-2015 01:36 PM

Very well done!

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

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#15 posted 10-27-2015 12:07 AM

I saw your blog on this table a while back, and it’s nice to see it posted as a project!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" James Lawrence, CAPT, USN

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