Dining Set

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Project by Paul_F posted 02-25-2010 11:32 PM 2197 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 02-26-2010 12:02 AM

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 02-26-2010 12:03 AM

Nice dining room set.

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 12:08 AM

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 02-26-2010 12:17 AM

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 02-26-2010 12:40 AM

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 02-26-2010 02:25 AM

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 02-26-2010 02:34 AM

WOW What a Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 02-26-2010 02:53 AM

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 02-26-2010 03:06 AM

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 02-26-2010 03:10 AM

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 02-26-2010 05:32 AM

Beautifully done Paul.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 02-26-2010 06:38 AM

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 02-26-2010 08:47 AM

Awesome job on your table set. Superb.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Bob Kollman

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#14 posted 02-26-2010 08:53 AM

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 02-26-2010 02:35 PM

That’s great!

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

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