Bar height table

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Project by woodcut posted 02-28-2016 12:16 AM 655 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used the last of my wormy spalted maple stock to make a bar height table for my sister in law.

Gary Rogowski’s article in FWW #214 was the inspiration, altering a few measurements to accommodate the wood available and the final dimensions desired. It is 42 inches tall and the top is approximately 36 inches square.

A local sawyer re-sawed my last slabs for the vertical posts and some wonderfully book matched pieces for the top. I couldn’t have been more pleased how they turned out! The posts are pinned into the foot and cap with mortise and tenons. The top is attached to the legs via cleats on the underside, which are pinned to the leg caps with a removable wooden pin. The arched center stretcher is connected to each leg with wedged tenons.

The breadboard ends and wedges are walnut, the entire table is finished with Danish oil. The table can be taken apart for transport or storage, and reassembled with only a mallet to drive the wedges home.

I want to give my very talented niece, Jenna, credit for the photography…. Awesome job J !!!

Thank you for looking!

-- Carl, Iowa

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 02-28-2016 01:49 AM

Great looking table, Carl!!


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#2 posted 02-28-2016 02:33 AM

Really great looking table, nice work. That grain is fantastic.

-- "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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Scott Oldre

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#3 posted 02-28-2016 02:00 PM

Clean lines, beautiful grain table. That’s a keeper for sure. I like the contrast of the breadboard ends with spalted maple. The spalting is perfect, not to much, just right.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 02-28-2016 02:20 PM

Nice work Carl. Very pleasing to the eye, both in lines and curves, and amount of walnut for your contrast. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 12:57 AM

I love the joinery and the wood is spectacular!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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