Kitchen Table Project

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Project by Tom Pritchard posted 05-16-2016 12:19 PM 1348 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past weekend, I finished my kitchen table project and I’m very happy with the overall results. I learned many lessons. I turned the legs without a duplicator. That was my biggest challenge. Being my first time doing so, I felt like I was somewhat consistent for each leg. The legs are made from 2×4’s, the table frame is made out of poplar and the top is top quality pine.

I used dowels to attach legs and frame together. To join each 1×6 pieces on top I used dowels too. The doweling jig I used worked very well. Hardly any scraping required after glue up.

Stained with Minwax “Cherry” stain. On top is Minwax ” Semi-gloss Poly”

Things I wish I would have done different…
1. Used real Cherry for the top.
2. Took time to understand how the drop leaf hinge works and how I should have located the hinge point.
3. Taken time to clean off the glue on top after clamping.

Besides that my wife is happy with it. Now we need to find some chairs.

Overall size is: 30” tall x 26” wide (closed) 50” (opened) x 40” long.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 12:47 PM

Looks very good Tom

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 02:40 PM

Nice, classic table. Rule joints and drop leaf hinges intimidate me.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 02:46 PM

Jeremy, The drop leaf hinges intimidate me too. I was glad, it came out great. Thanks for your comment.

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 02:46 PM

Really outstanding piece.

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#5 posted 05-16-2016 04:43 PM

Tom, nice work. We all learn from every project. Good luck on the chairs.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 05-17-2016 12:09 AM

Table looks very nice, great work. I’m not sure about two items you mention in your “done different wish list”: locating the hinge point?, looks like it works correctly from what I can see in the photos; and the cleaning up the glue after glueup?, doesn’t look like it shows in the stained finish.
I’d say you did a pretty darn good job on this project.

-- "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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#7 posted 05-17-2016 05:39 PM

nice work

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