Dining Set

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Project by Paul_F posted 1637 days ago 1928 views 12 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Formica table and vinyl chairs we had when we were married had to go. I made the table from an article by Paul Schulch in Fine Woodworking #94 which featured a butterfly leaf – an important feature as it self stores. The plans for the chairs are from Woodsmith #64 and are mostly as presented. I added arms to the end chairs and rounded the top rail to mimic the curve of the table. I used cherry throughout and finished it with 1 coat of Cherry Watco Oil and 2 coats of Varnish. We’ve spent many warm family hours around this set, but ya know – we had a bunch around the other one too.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#1 posted 1637 days ago

That’s a really great job. We just sold our dining set with hutch and server/buffet as I needed to make room for our new set (not yet made).

I guess I better get going. How long did it take you to complete this? I lreally like the butterfly leaf. Does that leaf require special hardware?

-- Ralph New Hampshire,

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#2 posted 1637 days ago

Nice dining room set.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1637 days ago

Very nice job on the table and chairs! Thats on my long list of projects to come.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Randy Sharp

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#4 posted 1637 days ago

Paul, you have done a beautiful job. And, my compliments to the interior decorator. The formal room fits the table perfectly!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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Les Hastings

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#5 posted 1637 days ago

Awesome job Paul, welcome to Lumberjocks! Glad you could join us.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#6 posted 1637 days ago

gorgeous job on the set, I am quite envious!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#7 posted 1637 days ago

WOW What a Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 1637 days ago

Breathtaking! I hope my set comes out half as well.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 1637 days ago

Say! How do we get invited to have dinner with you on that table?! Very nice.

-- ToGoMan ------ "No ONE of us knows as much as ALL of us." (anon.) ----

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#10 posted 1637 days ago

I was trying to find the right words to relay my
thoughts of your dining set…
It just makes my eyes happy to look at it :)
Great job!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#11 posted 1637 days ago

Beautifully done Paul.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 1636 days ago

Very nice looking set. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Monty Queen

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#13 posted 1636 days ago

Awesome job on your table set. Superb.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Bob Kollman

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#14 posted 1636 days ago

I really like it, the table reminds me of an antique my father got from his boss when I was
5 or 6 years old. AAAAHHH, dejahvu.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 1636 days ago

That’s great!

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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