New dining room table for my wife

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This is my first big project that I have completed. On an episode of the wood whisperer Marc had made this type of mission style table and as I was watching the video my wife walks by and says wow what a table. So that is where my project started. I made a few changes in the design of the table, like bringing the legs in from the end of the table and from the sides. I guess the two biggest things that I found on this project is: mortise & tenons are a real PITA when not done correct. Second is really pay attention when you veneer. Yes the top is a sheet of 3/4” MDF with a very expensive sheet of veneer. I have a lot of great stories and learning experiences from this project.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#1 posted 2488 days ago

Good looking table. I like it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 2488 days ago

Nice. Can you write about the finish?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 2487 days ago

Great looking table and quite an accomplishment for your first big project. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 2487 days ago

Beautiful table. I like your changes to the original design!

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#5 posted 2487 days ago

Really nice job, looks really nice and I bet your wife is really happy.

-- Kaleo ,

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#6 posted 2487 days ago

After some debating at Woodcraft they finally convinced me to use a gel stain & water based polyacrylic by General Finishes. After using the gel stain I don’t think that I will go back to any of the oil based stains. This stuff goes on great and you have even color throughout the whole project. As for my wife that was the ultimate test and I think that when I do take this pro that she will be my first employee. Man I was I nervous on this project, see my wife is a former non-destructive tester for car parts that are under a lot of stress as we drive. So over the years her eyes for quality control look at anything different than my eyes. So when I make some furniture for other people it will have to pass her test which I hope will allow us to still get along haha. Just kidding. I really appreciate your comments I was debating about putting this out there and now I am glad that I let everyone see this piece of furniture.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#7 posted 2487 days ago

What was the debate? The table is gorgeous. And have a wife skilled in QA can do nothing but good for growing your skills even further.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 2487 days ago

it’s beautiful indeed.
Well done

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#9 posted 2487 days ago

Very nice!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 2487 days ago

Very nice table. Good work! I love the simple mission style furniture.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 2487 days ago

Very nice. Good for you. Having a spouse that is a ‘good’ critique can be a very nice thing, both for your projects and your relationship.

I would like to hear more of your veneering experience.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 2487 days ago

Beautiful table. I, too, really like Mission furniture. Simple and functional with a distictive look. I am curious about the legs? Are they solid or laminated or veneered like the top? Excellent veneering job, by the way.

-- Farles from Niagara - Woodworking, like life, is a journey...enjoy the ride!

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#13 posted 2487 days ago

Congratulations! This really came out super. I love the ease of those water-based finishes too.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 2487 days ago

Looks great! – Nice Job!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#15 posted 2487 days ago

great table im picturing a 20 lb. turkey in the middle !

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