Hickory Table

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Project by jjagerson posted 04-05-2010 07:09 AM 1707 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am pretty new to the site but I thought I would post a project I just finished today. I don’t have a good picture of the finished table but you can more or less see how it turned out as it is sitting in the corner of my office in one of the pics. It is all hickory and was built from rough cut planks about an inch thick and 5 to 8 inches wide.

In one of the pictures you can see the only tools I used to build the table. I included that to show that even with a basic set of tools anyone could build with this wood. I put a very good blade on the circular saw and sharpened my bench plane (Woodriver #6) about a thousand times. I also used a benchtop Ryobi 1301 planer (not pictured) to plane the wood to thickness. I actually wound up jointing the faces and sides of the wood with the small scrub plane you can see in the picture.

The scrub plane was surprisingly effective. I have a very small benchtop jointer that I could have used but the bed was too short to joint the table’s long planks (4 feet long). I could joint the face of the board flat enough to run it through the planer in a few minutes. It was good exercise and much easier to clean up than the power jointer. In fact, I could see myself turning to a very sharp scrub plane much more in the future over the the power jointer.

The legs and skirt are joined with mortise and tenons. The legs were made from laminated planks that I then cut down to size and tapered. The tabletop is laminated 2×3/4 inch strips with two inch breadboard ends that are also joined to the top with mortise and tenons. I finished it all with a few coats of Minwax clear poly.

If I could change anything, I would cut down the width of the skirt by an inch or two or even bring the bottom side up in a curve just to lighten it a little. The tenons were very hard to pare down to size and I think drawboring the skirt tenon into the leg mortise would have been a good addition to strengthen the joints that turned out slightly loose. However, I pounded on the ends of the legs after it was glued up and it seems plenty strong. I think it will be OK.

I was pretty pleased with how it came out and really looks nice with all the contrasting wood grain. I think I will take a little break from this kind of wood for a while though. I got a little burned out fighting tearout. In my opinion, the disadvantage of working hickory is that it chips and tears out really easy but on the other hand it is pretty indestructible once you stop trying to cut it. I dropped a clamp on the top at one point and then couldn’t find a nick or dent. I think this will be a great little dining table to pass on to the kids/grandkids when they get married.

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#1 posted 04-06-2010 02:26 AM

Cool table. Been thinking about making one close to yours for my laptop station. Good job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 04-06-2010 02:36 AM

Thanks Donnie,

Actually I happen to like it so much now that it is all finished that I am using it as my desk in my office. I work from home and it is kind of a nice change of pace to be sitting with new furniture.

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 03:57 AM

Beautiful table. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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