|Project by SkiTique||posted 07-07-2016 12:36 PM||1289 views||13 times favorited||16 comments|
I just wrapped up a farmhouse table that my wife wanted for our house we just finished building. The table top is 8/4 oak that I had cut and dried by the Amish in Northern MI. I planed the straightened the boards and had them ran through a sander to a finished thickness of 6/4. The top planks are jointed with biscuits and breadboards were added to the ends.
The breadboards were somewhat tricky for me, I do not have a proper mortise tool or a domino so I had to come up with a solution. Being new to woodwork, I was planning to just biscuit and glue the breadboard… Thanks to the help from the forums, I quickly learned that was not a good idea. I ended up using my router to create a tongue on the end of the planks that I glued. I then ran the breadboard through my table saw with a dado blade to create a grove.
To create the tenons, I used my beadlock jig and glued the tenons into the table top. one the breadboard side, I used the same jig, making the mortise wider and used a chisel to square up the opening to allow the beadlock tenon to move. The tenons in the middle are fixed with straight drilled holes, while the outside ones have elongated holes to allow for movement. The top was fastened to the base using the Rockler Tabletop Clips.
I finished it with a mix of Minwax Dark Walnut and Red Mahogany, then a coat of oil and bees wax.
Thanks to the help of the members of this site, I think it turned out quite well for my first table.