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Project by planesmooth posted 07-21-2009 04:03 AM 1902 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this kitchen table by “salvaging” the legs of an old table, and making the aprons and new top with breadboard ends. As with most of the furniture that I build, I like to leave a small reminder that the wood came from a tree – hence the small “crack” you see in the second picture. The tabletop allowed me to learn how to make some pretty big mortises and tenons. The breadboards were drawbored from the bottom. Handplaning the top was quite a workout.

-- Planesmooth from TX





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#1 posted 07-21-2009 04:34 AM

Looks good from here, but the lil’ woman at this address wouldn’t stand for the crack!! :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-21-2009 04:57 AM

Nice kitchen table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 07-21-2009 06:00 AM

planesmooth,
Very nice looking table top there! What type wood did you use for the top and aprons? I agree you must have had a great work out planning that top. What are the tops dimensions? Just one more question and I’ll leave you alone. How long have you had the Jet table saw, and do you like it? That’s it, I promise the inquisition is over-LOL.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#4 posted 07-21-2009 06:03 AM

Beautiful table…and I really like the “crack” being left in the table. I also like to leave a few “Blems” or “Imperfections” in the wood to show its true character.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#5 posted 07-21-2009 06:38 AM

well done very nice job

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 07-21-2009 09:06 AM

Very nice work.

-- "There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't"

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#7 posted 07-22-2009 05:57 AM

Ken,

The top is made out of maple, and the aprons pine (the aprons and legs are painted black). The top is 77” long by 40” wide (including the breadboards, each of which is 4” wide). It big enough to sit 6 very comfortably, and 8 “cozily.”

I don’t remember exactly how long I’ve had the Jet left-tilt tablesaw, but it’s around 12 years old or so. I like it a lot – it replaced a Ryobi BT300 (no longer exist), which is a gigantic improvement especially when I have to work with large pieces of plywood. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the latest and greatest TS out in the market now; but the only thing I wish I have is a quick-release splitter/riving knife.

-- Planesmooth from TX

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hibiki

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#8 posted 07-22-2009 07:59 AM

Planesmooth, what kind of finishing did you do?

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planesmooth

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#9 posted 07-22-2009 02:07 PM

Hibiki,

I sprayed on 4 coats of Hydrocote Polyshield and wax it occasionally. We use it in the kitchen and the kids do their homework on it, but it has held up quite well.

-- Planesmooth from TX

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#10 posted 07-22-2009 04:59 PM

Beautiful table I love maple, you did well.

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

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#11 posted 07-23-2009 12:43 AM

Awesome table, love the finish

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#12 posted 07-23-2009 05:30 AM

planesmooth,
Thanks for the info on thee table top. Again excellent project. The reason I asked about the Jet tablesaw, is because I’ve got one just like it, I believe. My only desire thus far in an improvement would be for a quick install and detachable riving knife as well. Mine is about 4years old now I believe, never had to replace anything and after initial set up everything has remained the same, even though I wheel it around the shop occaisionally on the base it sits on. Take care and keep up the good work!

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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planesmooth

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#13 posted 07-24-2009 05:54 AM

Ken,
Let me know if you ever find an aftermarket quick-release riving knife for this saw. I keep my splitter on except when using the cross-cut sled. It’s a PITA to remove it each time, but it’s better be safe than sorry, I guess.

-- Planesmooth from TX

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woodbutcher

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#14 posted 07-24-2009 06:25 AM

planesmooth, I’ll be glad too and if you should run across something first, please let me know! I don’t use the splitter and guard because of the same reason plus the little anti-kick back fingers attached to the splitter, mark the wood that is being cut with thier downward spring tension! Take care!

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#15 posted 07-24-2009 11:57 AM

”I like to leave a small reminder that the wood came from a tree …”

I love that line. It reminds me of the fella I get my lumber from. When people complain about a knot or other irregularity in a board he reminds them that this is from a tree and not a paper mill.

Nice work on the top. It looks fantastic.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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