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Project by Slowpoke posted 01-28-2017 06:32 PM 1372 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed Nov. 2016. Cherry with walnut inlays. Table is 48” x 72” plus 20” leaf. Chair seats carved with home-made router setup shown in my blog. True oval table top made with another homemade router jig. As of now, 2½ months along, chairs have proven to be comfortable and not a single plate has slid off the table!





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#1 posted 01-28-2017 06:35 PM

Beautiful, Excellent work and a great design on both the table and chairs.

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 06:47 PM

Extremity beautiful workmanship! It’s always good when your plates stay put! Nice job!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 07:55 PM

Outstanding~ design, materials and workmanship. GREAT job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 01-28-2017 09:51 PM

Thanks for the kind words. As an old-time carpenter told me years ago (paraphrased to edit salty language)- It’s not that we don’t make mistakes, we just know how to recover from them.

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#5 posted 01-28-2017 10:10 PM

Question: Is the top an oval or an ellipse? I’d like to know more about how you got the inlay so true when it appears not to be a constant dist nce from the edge. Excellent job !

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#6 posted 01-28-2017 10:22 PM

True craftsmanship! That is a gorgeous dining room set.

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#7 posted 01-28-2017 10:28 PM

Wow! This is an outstanding set of table and chairs. You have really done a beautiful job on these.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#8 posted 01-29-2017 03:03 AM

Awesome job, a truly gorgeous set. Do you have any pictures on bending the vertical slats?

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

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#9 posted 01-29-2017 02:25 PM

Beautiful and inspiring. I can only imagine the total work involved in making the whole set. Next fall I plan on taking on a similar challenge and seeing results like this motivate me.

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#10 posted 01-29-2017 03:00 PM



Question: Is the top an oval or an ellipse? I d like to know more about how you got the inlay so true when it appears not to be a constant dist nce from the edge. Excellent job !

- David


Interesting comment- I had never distinguished between “oval” and “ellipse” but after asking Mr. Google, the all-knowing oracle, I learned that “oval” is an adjective while “ellipse” is mathematically defined. This top is an ellipse, as it was made with a jig, attached to the surface, with an arm that mounts the router on the outer end and attached to two sliding pivots at the other. The pivots in turn attach to two slides that ride in two tracks oriented at 90 degrees to each other and crossing at the center of the jig, which is also the center of the ellipse. Once the jig is attached to the workpiece, the shape and dimensions of the ellipse are varied by altering the locations of the two pivots, which is why the outer edge and the elliptical inlay can have different proportions.

The perimeter of the top, which I roughed out on the bandsaw, and made as a single piece, was shaped using the jig and a straight ¾” router bit, with the edge profile then produced in the usual way with piloted router bits. The top was then cut in half to permit use of the center leaf.

I first fooled around with this idea many years ago and made the smaller of the two jigs in the photo, from which I made several elliptical and half-elliptical table tops from wood and marble. The larger jig, on the right in the photo, I made in conjunction with the dining table project, because the original was too small. More recently, I’ve seen that Rockler has a plastic version, their cat #27712, that works on the same principle but looks kinda flimsy to my eye. Of course, at the price they charge, they must be quite proud of it!

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#11 posted 01-29-2017 03:11 PM

You seriously made that whole set? I don’t think I could make a single chair let alone an entire set like this that matches beautifully. Really great stuff.

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Slowpoke

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#12 posted 01-29-2017 03:11 PM



Awesome job, a truly gorgeous set. Do you have any pictures on bending the vertical slats?

- Tooch

The slats are not bent, they are roughed out on the bandsaw and finished using a piloted ¾” straight bit in the router table and a jig with the desired profile. At 1¼” wide, they were cut in Siamese fashion from pieces of 6/4 cherry with very little waste- an important consideration with so many needed, especially if you’re a cheapskate like I am.

In my experience, steam bending, although a heroic undertaking, has many drawbacks, including lack of repeatable accuracy, and is best used only when simpler means won’t do the job.

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Slowpoke

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#13 posted 01-29-2017 03:13 PM



Extremity beautiful workmanship! It s always good when your plates stay put! Nice job!

- woodshaver (Tony)

And glasses, cups and saucers, too!

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Slowpoke

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#14 posted 01-29-2017 03:22 PM

Again, my thanks to all who posted. As a retired builder, and carpenter by trade, I have been making furniture for maybe 30-some years. Got started on this forum while looking for info on carving chair seats, and wound up inventing my own method. I was then encouraged to post some pix of some projects, but I’m still uncomfortable with the feeling of tooting my own horn. I posted this project as a follow-up to show that my seat-carving contraption actually works!

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#15 posted 01-29-2017 03:25 PM

beautiful work and lots of it

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