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Project by Chelios posted 1693 days ago 11050 views 8 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a rustic look and chunky table. I used some burr oak beams 6×8x8. I used a cheap B&D drill, a ryoby skill saw, and a mallet + chisel. Those are the biggest mortises I will ever cut. The wood was in pretty bad shape and has a million checks but I guess it goes with the rustic look. This table is heavy so I designed it so one can take it apart beam by beam for moving, so it isn’t glued. Its own weight keeps it very stable. I wonder how much it really weighs in at. I put it in my basement next to my pool table and it is intended for playing cards and drinking beer—-no need for coasters on this table!





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JJohnston

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#1 posted 1693 days ago

Pretty nice table…for a viking! :D

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#2 posted 1693 days ago

This is certainly a stout looking table. It looks like you did a pretty impressive job on the construction, especially given your limited access to tools.

That is a nice table. But I would not want to move it without a lot of help. :)

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choppertoo

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#3 posted 1693 days ago

love the look. Are the beams for the top connected to one another?

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#4 posted 1693 days ago

Wow you could park a car on that baby. Very cool table . Welcome to Ljs.

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#5 posted 1693 days ago

That is a monster table !
I wouldn,t want to get plastered and bang my head on that table :(

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NoSlivers

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#6 posted 1693 days ago

Welcome!! Great rustic look. I hope it’s as stable as you expect. Straight down and from the side it looks super stable, but from the ends…. if those leg sections start to tip…. man, get out of the way!! I’m pretty new to woodworking, but if you still have some lumber, I’d consider some type of apron or two along the length. It could still conform to your “knockdown” design but would be a good safety feature. Of course the whole thing could be heavy enough that it’d take a tractor to even start it to tip…. no earthquakes in your area?

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Hallmark

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#7 posted 1693 days ago

Out with the coasters, it’s a man cave table! I wish I had room for one. BTW: welcome to LJ’s.

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#8 posted 1693 days ago

well it looks like them card games could get pretty rowdy…a little slam dunk wouldnt be a problem..or a few arm wrestling games…its a stout one..i like em that way too…grizzman

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Chelios

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#9 posted 1693 days ago

Thanks for the welcomes! The top is made of individual beams. No glue or screws. I couldn’t really join them because they twist a lot. I just made a rabbet so they fasten on the support that runs from leg to leg. In retrospect this design could be better with the aprons but I ran out of beams. I will keep it in mind for when I run into more lumber. Thanks for the advice. I live in KS so the worst thing is the ocasional tornado but no earthquakes

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grizzman

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#10 posted 1693 days ago

not any disrespect to noslivers…but with the mortise and tenon you have..that table isn’t going anywhere so your good to go…let the games begin…....now if you get to strip poker down there …watch for them slivers…..lol

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NoSlivers

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#11 posted 1693 days ago

No disrespect or offense taken, grizz. It looks very solid, indeed. It’s just that I cringe to think of the damage someone would take in the event of some mishap. Although in KS, the safest place in the house during a tornado is very likely to be directly under this table!!

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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FlWoodRat

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#12 posted 1693 days ago

Man, all you need to do is put an end vise on this puppy and you have a work bench for life!... Good job.

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#13 posted 1693 days ago

Impressive work. Where did you come across the beams?

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#14 posted 1693 days ago

Nothing like a project that you can use every day. Well done table keep up the good work.

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#15 posted 1692 days ago

that is a workbench for the mancave:-)
and welcome to you

Dennis

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