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Project by MattKindall posted 11-01-2015 07:24 PM 1348 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted to build my own dining set, and finally decided I was ready. I am a truck driver for a living, and when I took a job earlier this year with a building products supplier, giving me a huge discount on wood, I figured now is the time to do it. This project has brought my woodworking skills up in a lot of ways, through mortises on 2” stock, gluing up a slab this big, double dovetailed draw mortise for the base stretcher, and a few others. Wood is sapele and maple. Now I’m working on the chairs!





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 11-01-2015 09:28 PM

This looks very nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 11-02-2015 12:38 AM

Wow – I think you did yourself a top notch job. I like the top inlay detail and the tenon on the ends has the exquisite look to it.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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MattKindall

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#3 posted 11-02-2015 04:17 AM

Thanks, my 13 year old son and I built it together and someday he knows it will be his when I’m done with it. The best part is I had initially thought to build the top from sapele plywood but the hardwood sapele cost me $3 a board foot (because of my employee discount) so it ended up being cheaper than plywood to build the top!

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 11-02-2015 05:16 PM

That is an interesting wedge key on the stretcher. I especially like that detail.
Great work.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 11-02-2015 05:49 PM

Gorgeous! You did some great work there!

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kmerkle

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#6 posted 11-02-2015 06:08 PM

A beautiful design and an equally impressive execution!

-- Every project is perfect until it's started.

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#7 posted 11-02-2015 06:21 PM

Very impressive and beautiful workmanship.
Are you blogging the chair build ? I am starting on a chair build project of my own so I would be interested in yours.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Calmudgeon

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#8 posted 11-02-2015 06:29 PM

Nicely done! I love the inlay detail on the table top.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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bobasaurus

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#9 posted 11-02-2015 06:32 PM

Are those breadboard ends on the top? The sapele figure looks amazing, and I’ve never seen that draw dovetail wedge thing before… I like it a lot.

-- Allen, Colorado

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CL810

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#10 posted 11-02-2015 07:02 PM

Master skills on display here. Matt, the wood is beautiful, the inlay distinctive, and the wedge displays skill. The only thing that makes it better is that you built it with your son and it will become a family heirloom.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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Bud_3

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#11 posted 11-02-2015 07:47 PM

Nice table.Welcome to LJ and keep the good work!

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Mean_Dean

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#12 posted 11-03-2015 12:51 AM

That’s a beautiful dining table!

-- Dean

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MattKindall

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#13 posted 11-03-2015 02:12 AM



Very impressive and beautiful workmanship.
Are you blogging the chair build ? I am starting on a chair build project of my own so I would be interested in yours.

- exelectrician

I will if I can figure out how to do it. How do you make a blog post?

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MattKindall

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#14 posted 11-03-2015 02:21 AM



Wow – I think you did yourself a top notch job. I like the top inlay detail and the tenon on the ends has the exquisite look to it.

- Betsy

Even though I had never done anything like that before, the tenon was actually really easy! I made a throwaway jig to do it. A piece of hardboard and two scraps of 2×4, and then I cut the slot in the top by drilling a 1” hole and a 3/4” hole and cutting the rest out. Clamp it on the end of the tenon and cut the slot in it with a dovetail bit. I got the idea from a guy on Youtube but I can’t find the video now to save my life. I’ll attach a pic of how the jig worked.

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Belg1960

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#15 posted 11-03-2015 11:47 PM

I’d love to see the jig in action. If you didn’t watch the video too long ago you can go to your history on Youtube and find it that way. If you’ve never cleared your browser history it will all be there.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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