Modern Dining Table

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Project by Durbs75 posted 09-21-2016 11:04 AM 938 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#1 posted 09-21-2016 11:43 AM

Very nice looking project!

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#2 posted 09-21-2016 05:34 PM

That is one really great looking table. Like the grain on the tabletop and the legs really standout nicely.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#3 posted 09-21-2016 08:37 PM

It’s a real nice table and looks very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 09-22-2016 11:23 AM

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