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Project by Ripthorn posted 12-24-2016 12:18 AM 1308 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago my wife got fed up with our dining table (that actually happened a long time ago, but a few months ago she decided she didn’t want to refinish it). So we went to a couple stores to see what they had available. Well, we weren’t wowed and I mentioned that I would love to build one and had an idea of what I would like to build. She gave me the green light and I was rather pumped. Off to the lumber store, came home with a truckload of wood.

I’ve been working on this since September, but just got it all finished up, just in time for Christmas. It is 46” wide and 78” long at the longest. Solid 6/4 cherry. The base is all mortise and tenon, with the stretcher being a keyed through M&T. Wedge has a 5 degree angle on it. The table top has 10’ radius on the ends, cut using a 10’ 2×4 and my router (yeah, that was just a little nerve wracking). A light chamfer on all edges helps soften it without making the lines mushy. It is very solid and needless to say, the wife loves it. Now I may need to make some benches…

Topped it off with glass and it is a huge improvement over what we had. I wanted this to be an heirloom quality table, and I think I achieved that. Finished with EM8000cv satin conversion varnish. I spent a lot of time on the joints in the table top and it really paid off. Perfect glue joints throughout, made me smile even though no one else will ever notice. The little bit of sapwood in the top gives it a little character.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science





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JCamp

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#1 posted 12-24-2016 12:23 AM

That’s a awesome table. I’m sure it’s far better quality than anything you could buy now days. It’s sure to last generations.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Ripthorn

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#2 posted 12-24-2016 12:26 AM

I hope it lasts generations, but my kids can be tough on furniture. Luckily, we have threatened them to the point where they just may behave well with it.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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JCamp

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#3 posted 12-24-2016 12:38 AM

Will you b make chairs for it as well?

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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Ripthorn

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#4 posted 12-24-2016 01:04 AM

No, chairs are something I have no desire to make. I will probably make benches to go on the long sides, then we will buy a couple nicer chairs for the ends.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#5 posted 12-24-2016 01:35 AM

Excellent job Brian!

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 12-24-2016 02:27 AM

WOW!

You hit a Home Run!

Great, Wonderful, Beautiful Table!!

If you had seen a table like that in a store, I think you have croaked seeing the price!
... then, you could have said, “Look honey, I am going to make it for This Much, SAVING THIS MUCH… I think I could do a better job if I had THIS NEW TOOL, etc. etc.” Looks like you blew that GREAT opportunity to improve the Shop as well as the Dining room! <big> LOL

You did a fantastic job on it…

You going to make a couple of Maloof style dining chairs?? Would be a Nice “touch” to finish it off…

Merry Christmas!!

Happy New Year!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Ripthorn

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#7 posted 12-24-2016 02:55 AM

Joe, I actually did get a few new things, like a new HVLP gun and a new air hose, new planer knives, etc. But no big tools, I’m already at a pretty good stage, and there was no way she was going to go for a Sawstop :)

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 12-24-2016 03:13 AM

R O F A L M A O !!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Tooch

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#9 posted 12-24-2016 12:41 PM

Brian that is a truly awesome table. I have no idea why dining room tables never seem to get much love on this site, but your attention to detail and finish (Especially on the top) are just terrific. I bet the router was screaming when you cut off the ends.

Merry Christmas, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the new table at Christmas Dinner

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 12-24-2016 01:47 PM

Very nice – clean, elegant design. Well done!

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#11 posted 12-24-2016 02:21 PM

beautiful table

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#12 posted 12-24-2016 03:57 PM

That is beautiful. It has a very solid yet sleek design.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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Roger

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#13 posted 12-24-2016 04:46 PM

One beautiful table. I’ll bet that’s a beast to pick up

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Ripthorn

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#14 posted 12-24-2016 07:33 PM

Roger, we also put glass on top to help protect it from our three young ones. With the glass on there, that table isn’t going anywhere!

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#15 posted 12-24-2016 07:51 PM

I love Cherry Wood projects. I love the sap wood giving it so much character. This is a beautiful piece BTW. Covering it with Glass will surely protect it. The ultimate protective coating by golly. Nice work Ripthorn…

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