Dining Room Table

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Project by Dan Pleska posted 2526 days ago 2150 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is made from reclaimed 6/4 wormy chestnut. The tabletop measures 44” X 70” and is 1 1/4” thick. It is stained with a custom mix and finished with a spray-on post-catalyzed lacquer. The lacquer has a very high solids content that made it possible to give the top good protection and seal the wood with just two coats, but yet not fill up the worm holes. The legs (which I turned myself) and aprons are poplar, painted with black semi-gloss lacquer. The breadboard ends are mortised and tenoned and have 5 walnut dowels in each end that are put in with the draw bore method. The center dowel in each end is the only one that is glued and the others go through an elongated hole in the tenon. Yet to be made are the Windsor chairs that will go around it.

I hope the pictures are adequate. I’m not a very good photographer.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2526 days ago

very adequate. Nice table.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 2526 days ago

Beautifull! I like the worm holes. I am a big fan of blems, worm holes, and sapwood! Let wood be wood! Nice table


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#3 posted 2526 days ago

Beautiful table and finishing job!

Questions regarding lacquer:
  • What’s the difference between ”pre” and ”post” catylized lacquer?
  • What is the shelf life of these lacquers?
Question regarding wood:
  • Where do you find “reclaimed” wood?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Dan Pleska

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#4 posted 2526 days ago

Post-catalyzed lacquer: The catalyst is added and mixed with the lacquer in the spray cup just before spraying. The shelf life is short (days, if not hours). Pre-catalyzed Lacquer: The catalyst is added at the factory and the shelf life is a year or so I think. Don’t know about the chemistry there, as to why it lasts longer. You should check my info with a dealer. That would probably be someone that supplies finish to furniture manufactorers. I know that the “post” and “pre” is a confusing term. Maybe it should be “pre” and “pre-pre.”

The reclaimed or “salvaged” wood was bought from a dealer that specializes in that kind of wood. Most, if not all, of the chestnut you can get these days is reclaimed from buildings torn down that were built in the early 1900’s. Mine was resawn from 6” x 8” beams from and old store somewhere in the Lewisburg, WV area. That particular business isn’t in operation any more, but a Google search for reclaimed or “salvaged” wood should get you something.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#5 posted 2526 days ago

Thanks for the information, Dan. I do appreciate it!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 2526 days ago

Great table, great save.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 2526 days ago

Great table. And great reuse of salvage materials.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 2526 days ago

Very nice table. And photographing your work is an art in itself – you did a good job.

-- Dave J. Oakdale, MN

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#9 posted 2526 days ago

Nice table, Very nice.

-- Andy Stark

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#10 posted 2526 days ago

Nice table.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 2525 days ago

Beautiful table. The chairs will complete a beautiful dining rooms set.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 2525 days ago

Great looking table. I love breadboard ends. The worm holes add the icing on the cake. If you lived nearby I would have to come break in to your house and take it.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#13 posted 2523 days ago

Beautiful table! – wonderful workmanship!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#14 posted 2521 days ago

Really great table!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 1235 days ago

Nice table Dan. Great craftsmanship. Beautiful wood getting more rare with time.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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