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Project by BanjoBen posted 08-15-2017 04:02 PM 979 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished the dining table I’ve been working on, off and on, all summer. The table is made from ash that came from the farm of a family friend back home (with just a touch of mahogany as an accent). Much of the construction was a first for me: mortise and tenon joinery, bandsaw legs, relief carving (for the spirals), all of it was a first for me.

Here are a few in progress shots from along the way. Everything started with a pile of 4 quarter rough sawn ash.

Then it was milled, and glued up to form blocks that would become feet and legs and supports.

Then mortise and tenon joinery was cut to put everything together and pieces were cut to shape on the bandsaw.

I wanted a bit of extra detail here, so I carved spirals into the feet. This was a first for me. I’ve done some dremel carving in the past, but this was all done by hand with gouges.

First dry fit.

oops….Can you guess what happened there?

Then it was on to flattening the table top and doing the breadboards. Sorry for the rotated images. They were rotated correctly when I selected them, but showed up rotated differently on here.





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#1 posted 08-15-2017 04:07 PM

im very impressed!

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#2 posted 08-15-2017 04:41 PM

What an awesome build Ben. For a first time at this I would say you ACED it! It’s a beautiful table!

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

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#3 posted 08-15-2017 04:44 PM

This turned out great. Really like it.

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#4 posted 08-15-2017 04:49 PM

Great job. I’ll put it in my favorites for future reference. Thanks for sharing.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#5 posted 08-15-2017 04:55 PM

Thanks guys. This project took all summer to complete, partly because I was only able to work on it in the evenings or weekends, and partly because there were several periods where I had to order a tool that took forever to get in (the main culprit was a bandsaw that I had to wait almost 6 weeks for). But it was a lot of fun to design/build. Now, if I can ever find the time, I have to try to figure out chairs…

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#6 posted 08-15-2017 06:46 PM

That’s a beautiful table Ben :) I had a problem with rotated images even though the orientation was correct on my computer and from my camera. I now use a free image program called IrfanView. I view the image and then save it from the program, either copying over the original or as a new image. I hope this helps :)

-- Wood Yogi - Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. - Swami Sivananda

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#7 posted 08-15-2017 07:00 PM



That s a beautiful table Ben :) I had a problem with rotated images even though the orientation was correct on my computer and from my camera. I now use a free image program called IrfanView. I view the image and then save it from the program, either copying over the original or as a new image. I hope this helps :)

- TheWoodYogi

Thanks for the complement and the tip. I suspect the issue has to do with the fact that some software “remembers” the orientation you’ve selected, and you need one that doesn’t. If I had been on a Windows PC when I posted, I would’ve been able to fix it easily, but I was posting from a MacBook, and while I’m less familiar with the platform.

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#8 posted 08-15-2017 09:03 PM

Beautiful Table, Ben!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 08-15-2017 09:57 PM

Really nice table! You did great on all the aspects that you say you just learned.

-- Pete

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#10 posted 08-16-2017 01:39 AM

came out great, I really like the carving work, adds a nice detail.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#11 posted 08-16-2017 01:16 PM

This is such a beautiful piece and so nicely done. It exhibits a lot of nice craftsmanship.

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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#12 posted 08-16-2017 02:21 PM



came out great, I really like the carving work, adds a nice detail.

- TungOil

The carving on this got me interested in doing more of it in the future. I’ve done a little dremel carving in the past, but I really enjoyed the greater control that I felt I had with carving gouges.

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#13 posted 08-17-2017 11:05 AM

Bravo , a very beautiful work, nicely done.

-- andrek

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