|Project by billb||posted 05-11-2010 08:29 PM||1570 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
We wanted a new dining set and my wife had certain criteria for it. The first was that the table had to be an oval shape. The second was that it had to be of light, natural wood, and the last was that I had to take advantage of the two stained glass pieces that we had. This set took in all of them. The table and chairs were constructed entirely of solid maple. The china cabinet was constructed of maple plywood and solid maple. Since I had to use the stained glass panels, I made the doors first and then designed the cabinet around the doors.
The table legs are in a different layout also. They are centered on the ends and the center of the table. The carvings on the legs were done with a dremel but all the other carving on the table, the chair backs, drawer fronts and the china cabinet top were carved by hand with a shallow gouge and lots of hours. The finish is four coats of Bartley’s Get Varnish except the for the table top that has a dozen coats.
The doors on the china cabinet have european concealed hinges and the panels on the bottom doors are made from 1/4 inch thick, solid maple.
The chairs were assembled with biscuit joinery and my wife and I also did the upholstery job on them with material that matches our living room furniture.
-- Bill, Austin, Texas, http://woodworking-business.com