Schultz Breakfast Table

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Project by Matthew T. Smith posted 01-20-2010 05:43 AM 2055 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When they expressed a desire for a Woodleaf Studios piece I toured the Schultz’s home with them. They had not been sure what they wanted, but following the tour when I recommended a breakfast table for their kitchen they were sold on the idea. They wanted it to be functional, practical and casual. I decided on a country-flavored design, which they approved.

The solid white oak 48” diameter table seats four to six. Decorative buttons conceal the screws that hold the base together. The planking of the top is deliberately accentuated to show the character of the individual boards. The finish is a golden oak stain with a semi-gloss lacquer.

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 06:55 AM

Matthew, very impressive! I’ve explored a lot of ways to put feet onto a table, but this idea never has come to me, thanks for sharing, I might have to borrow it on the next heart pine table I put together.

-- James

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 03:52 PM

This is very nice and I appreciate seeing construction pictures. I’m curious how you attached the top. I would think that you need to make some provision for expansion and contraction and I can’t quite figure out how you would do that with this design.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 04:35 PM

Where does your title term “Schwartz” come into play ? Any close-ups of the “accentuated ” top boards ?
The design is very nice and the finish looks good as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Matthew T. Smith

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#4 posted 01-20-2010 05:28 PM

Borrow away James.

Rich- To answer your question… I introduced ( recessed from typical viewing angle ) an intermediate 3/4” plywood plate that separates the shifting plank top from the base. The screws with washers that hold down the planks to the sub-top allow for lateral movement without lift. You can barely see the plate line when viewing from the side.

Dusty- It’s a way to personalize the experience for my customer. I designed this table just for them and thus the name “Schultz breakfast table”. When I want to accentuate planking I apply a very small approx. 1/32” chamfer to both edges. I do this before glue-up. With a round top I cut the overall shape after glue-up and then hand cut the plank breaks on the ends.
Thanks for the feedback.

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#5 posted 01-20-2010 05:36 PM

I didn’t know if your present title ”Schwartz Breakfast Table” , was a typo or the original designers name.
Now I know it was supposed to be the “Schultz breakfast table” : )
Awesome table no matter whose namesake it is !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 01-20-2010 07:07 PM

Interesting table good build.

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#7 posted 01-21-2010 03:20 AM

You’re welcome…have a good day !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 06-26-2013 03:16 PM

If you make another table, may I suggest a change in the design/attachment of the legs. I find the off-center positioning of the legs to be a distraction. I imagine your 4 X 4 post in the middle is made from four boards and is therefore hollow. If it were 6 X 6 you’d have room in the inside hollow to fasten the legs on the pedestal with what are known as “hanger-bolts”. They have a screw thread (like a lag screw) on one end and machine threads on the other end. The larger hollow would allow you to fasten the nuts inside.

Many pedestal type tables are made that way, and most of them have a larger pedestal for that purpose. In fact, many of the pedestals are 6- or 8-sided and additionally turned on a lathe for better appearance.

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