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Project by RJL73 posted 04-24-2017 04:36 PM 1883 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mid Century Modern 10 foot X 48”W Dining table, legs joined to corners of table with blind mortise. 285 pounds.
This took a very long time, from Jointing the 120” long pieces, an inch and 5/8 thick, to attaching the legs. 2/3 of the table top was made first. The last pieces that were to be the sides of the table were glued separately, and this part was very tricky. It looks simple though.
While the glue is wet, the leg will have the tendency to lean in 3 different directions and theres no way to clamp it, and have it be seamless. I had to physically hold each one together until the glue started to set, then let go of it.

Now i have the HiPur system, which would’ve been perfect for this table if i had it then.

The legs were attached on either end of those 2 pieces. Then those pieces were glued to the outsides of the table top.
No room for error, and you cant attach those legs after the whole table top is made, when the table is upside down or you won’t see if theres a gap opening up.
This was the first and last of this type of table, it was far too difficult to work with at that weight and width, every time it had to be flipped over was a 4 person job, and i work by myself. So that wasn’t so often, i had to plan it. The compound angular blocks with curved detail were very difficult to attach perfectly.

The legs don’t come off, so it had to be shipped whole obviously.
The best part was that i achieved from what was designed on paper was to see it fully made, standing there in front of it. Thats why we make things..

-- VtMod





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JADobson

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#1 posted 04-24-2017 06:20 PM

It would be nice to see a wider shot of this table. Looks neat but can’t fully see it.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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RJL73

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#2 posted 04-24-2017 07:06 PM

I added the final pic, # 3. Thanks for the comments !


It would be nice to see a wider shot of this table. Looks neat but can t fully see it.

- JADobson

-- VtMod

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#3 posted 04-24-2017 07:56 PM

Beautiful table!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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JADobson

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#4 posted 04-24-2017 09:07 PM

That is a work of art. Love the smooth lines.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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leafherder

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#5 posted 04-24-2017 10:08 PM

Wow! Great table. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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pottz

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#6 posted 04-24-2017 11:30 PM

love the clean simple style of this piece,simply gorgeous.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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majuvla

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#7 posted 04-25-2017 04:59 AM

I realy like those rounded edges.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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michelletwo

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#8 posted 04-25-2017 05:07 PM

sleek!!! looks light for such a long table. No concerns about the legs and no stretcher for 10 ft???

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groland

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#9 posted 04-25-2017 05:08 PM

Well-designed, elegant proportions, fine-quality workmanship. A treasure!

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docspencer

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#10 posted 04-25-2017 06:58 PM

I love white oak and have seen -and built – quite a few different types of pieces with it. I’ve never seen it used for this style. Simple beautiful.

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RJL73

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#11 posted 04-26-2017 01:55 AM

Thanks ! it weighed 290 lbs. Ridiculously strong. This specific table design is decades old, and still theres not a sign of deviation anywhere with any of the ones I’ve made, but- i cant explain how i make it that way..


sleek!!! looks light for such a long table. No concerns about the legs and no stretcher for 10 ft???

- michelletwo

-- VtMod

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RJL73

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#12 posted 04-26-2017 01:57 AM

Thanks to everyone that made a comment on this table style, i read all of the responses and I’m flattered. Very appreciated !!

-- VtMod

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Gary

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#13 posted 04-26-2017 04:51 PM

Wowee, wowee, wowee!

-- Cheers -- g

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PatesWoodshop

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#14 posted 04-26-2017 06:49 PM

Love the style of this table. The leg joints are very impressive. Great work.

-- By "Woodshop" I mean my two car garage full of wood and tools.

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