Farmhouse Table

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Project by JADobson posted 06-13-2017 08:08 PM 434 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I have needed a new table for a while now. We have three boys who loved to push our lightweight ikea table away when they didn’t want their dinner. Good luck with that now! This table is built entirely from SPF lumber. The legs are four laminated 2×6s turned on my lathe. The aprons are made from two 2×4’s glued and screwed together and then there are 2” double tenons into the legs. The top is made six 2×8s with 2×6 breadboards. The base was painted white and the top was flattened (not perfect, one corner dips 1/8” lower than the rest of the table – guests haven’t noticed it yet or are polite enough not to mention it) by hand with my Veritas LAJ followed by a ROS as the spf tears very easily. The tear out actually left a pleasing rustic look once the table was stained and for this purpose anyway I’m all right with it. Finish was two coats of walnut gel stain followed by six coats of General Arm-R-Seal.

Pretty happy to get this one off the honeydew list. Now off to projects I want to do!

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

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#1 posted 06-14-2017 01:18 AM

great piece, and thanks for sharing photos of the build. I’m always as inspired by LJ’s methods as I am by their work.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#2 posted 06-14-2017 10:05 AM

That’s an AWESOME table! I’m always disappointed by the lack of appreciation Tables seem to get on this sight. the shear magnitude of a project like this one is a huge undertaking. Not to diminish the Boxes, shop fixtures, and other knick-knacks that get posted, but I’m sure you spent many hours on this too….

Anyways, I think it looks terrific, very nice job sir!

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

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#3 posted 06-14-2017 05:02 PM

Thanks for the kind words. This was the largest project I’ve tackled so far and I definitely had a lot of fun with it.

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

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#4 posted 06-15-2017 11:06 PM

Cool table. You done well. It just dawned on me how massive those legs must be. Wow. DOn’t worry about the low side. If anyone is jerk enough to notice and complain tell them that is where the spilled milk runs off the table. You planned it that way. Then have them sit there. WHat did you finish the top with?

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#5 posted 06-16-2017 12:21 AM

Thanks Natenaaron. Legs are 5”x5” by 28 1/2”. The slowest my lathe will go is 600 rpm so that is a lot of wood spinning before it gets round. Top was two coats of walnut gel stain and six coats of arm-r-seal. Base got two coats of white latex paint.

You planned it that way.

One could even say I planed it that way.

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

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#6 posted 06-16-2017 04:48 PM

This is a beautiful table. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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