Modern Heart Pine Kitchen Table

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Project by RobJones posted 06-27-2010 12:46 AM 7818 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was just finished and I wanted to show everybody some pictures of it. This was my first commissioned piece of furniture and thus, a pretty big hurdle for me.

My sisters friends were recently married and wanted to have a kitchen table built for the space they had in their new home. Knowing that I have been working on my own projects they asked me if I could design and build them a table. I was more than happy for the opportunity and started the design process. They already had the material for me to use, old heart pine that had been salvaged from a share croppers home in south Georgia. I went to talk a look at what I had to work with and to take some measurements. I had long 6/4 and 8/4 boards to use as well as short beams that I used for the legs. I ultimately cut it close on how much I chose because I ended up using or tossing out everything. The wood had a lot of bug damage that was hidden and that culled a lot of the material.

Anyway, they wanted a modern farm house table. I focused on solid joints, clean lines, and funcionality. In the end we chose a 72×36x30 table that had legs that would show at the corners and would taper from 6×4 to 4×4 inches at the bottom. The table top sits on a skirt and shoulder at each leg. this table has no obstructions for the users so you can get 2 people on a side with one person at each end.

Of the wood that I used, either each piece had bug damage or was weeping sap like crazy. The legs had so much pitch I was worried I would never be able to get them to dry out. Since this was a kitchen table that would be used a lot I had to fill in all the bug tracks as best I could. I ended up using 24 ounces of wood filler on the bottom, sides, and top of the table. Let me tell you, that was fun. I ended up using General Finished Arm-R-Seal satin for the finish. I have used this product before and I really like working with it.

Sorry for the bad photos. I have to get some better ones soon.
Hope you all enjoy


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#1 posted 06-27-2010 12:52 AM

Wow, it looks nice, seems as you hit the nail on the head for your customers. I love the grain, it makes the table pop, IMHO. Nice choice of wood and finish.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#2 posted 06-27-2010 01:02 AM

That’s one sturdy table.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 06-27-2010 01:15 AM

great design and build.. Before I got into woodworking my wife bought a table just like that from a high end furniture store here in Raleigh, NC,,,she paid almost 1200 bucks..

Great table..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#4 posted 06-27-2010 01:30 AM

Neat design, the tapered legs look good.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 01:33 AM

Looks good, I hope it leads you to more commissions. I hear word of mouth is a powerful thing.

-- Jeff

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#6 posted 06-27-2010 04:02 AM

I love the way those legs are part of the top. Well done. Nice tight lines.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#7 posted 06-27-2010 04:13 AM

Nice table! The wood is probably Long Leaf Pine. I have lots of it in my home and love it. Arm-R-Seal is a great product. Keep up the good work!

-- Joe-----I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#8 posted 06-27-2010 03:53 PM

Great job !! Nice design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 06-27-2010 07:39 PM

Great table and making pine look that good is a indication of your craftsmanship. It looks like the legs have a slight tapper, do they. Your finish work is top notch! Congrats on your work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 01-05-2011 05:55 PM


Great table. I have made something similar and while I like the design, the proportions are kind of goofy. What is the thickness of your table’s top? Thanks, and again that is a nice looking table.


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#11 posted 05-08-2011 02:14 PM

Rob, I really love the table. I am also being commissioned to make a similar table.

Just wondering, are the boards for the skirt mortise and tenon? If not, how did you join those to the legs.

Thanks man, seriously- great looking table.

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#12 posted 05-08-2011 06:23 PM


Sorry for the late reply. I can’t remember exactly what the thickness of the table top is but I believe it was around 1.75 inches.


Glad you like the table. You are correct about the skirt. Those four boards are all connected to the legs with mortise and tenon joints. Pretty big ones at that. Underneath the table there are a few cross supports that run between the long sides of the skirt that added torsional rigidity and support for the table top. Good luck with the commission.

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