|Project by Durbs75||posted 09-21-2016 11:04 AM||648 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
Good morning LJ!! This dining table was crafted in November 2015. My client just built a new house and needed a nice dining table for their dining room. They wanted a modern, simplistic design with straight lines, darker stain, but wanted the grain to show through. Also they wanted a top that looked like it was 2 pieces connected with bowties (dutchmen, butterflies, etc) BUT was actually one solid top for ease of cleaning and spill containment. So I came up with this design to incorporate a stripe and bowties!
The table is made from 1 1/2 inch thick red oak for the top and 2 legs. The stripe and bowties are walnut inlaid into the table. I routed out the strip 3/8 inch wide and about 1/2 inch deep. The bowties were made with an inlay template and the corner chiseled out so they make a point. The legs are attached to the top with 1 1/2 inch angle iron on both sides of the leg giving 2 points of attachment to the top. I elongated the holes in the angle iron to allow for the top to move as well as the legs with the changing seasons.
I am typically a fan of dye stains as you have more control of the color and effects, but I will use pigmented stains when the project / client has a specific look they want. The color is a combination of 2 stains. The first coat was Early American from Minwax, dry for 24 hours, and finally a coat of Jacobean from Minwax, one coat of dewaxed shellac sprayed on to seal the stain, then the finish. This gives a nice dark color that showcases the red oak grain and gives that nice blend of black / brown the client was going for. The table size is 42 inches wide X 96 inches long. The finish is 3 coats of a satin acrylic poly sprayed on!