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Project by Ben Robinson posted 08-10-2010 11:17 PM 3376 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A dinner table I built with the leg design taking inspiration from the mid-century modern classic, the Nelson Bench. The top is made from basralocus (aka angelique) with a ceramic urethane finish. The legs are made from ingie pipa with a Danish oil finish. The dimensions are 95” long, 44” wide and 29” tall. I also made the oak benches in the photos, but not the Series 7 chairs.

I had a lot of fun building the table. This was my first ever glue-up and by far the largest piece of interior furniture I’ve made.

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 11:21 PM

That’s an attractive and clean-lined table you’ve made there Ben.

I wonder if you modified the bench legs with the same angle that you put on the table base/legs? That way, you’d have the bottom a touch wider than the top, promoting stability, but continuing the line from the table into the bench to tie them together?

That’s a large first glue-up, I’d say! Did it go as planned, or was there a bit of cursing and scrambling involved?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 11:36 PM

Thanks for the compliments, guys! I agree with your comments about making the table and bench legs complimentary. I built the benches several months ago before decided to build a dinner table. One of these days I plan to build new benches that have the Nelson Bench / angled legs and also an angled top, like this bench I made.

As for the glue-up, I probably never should have done it with 1×6 as my first run. Between the boards being only 3/4” thick and the Georgia heat / humidity, the tabletop started warping right after I pulled the pipe clamps off. I didn’t intend to put an apron under it, but ended up doing it from necessity. There are 8 spans of 1×3 under the table that keep it from warping, so the problem is fixed.

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 11:59 PM

looks good

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 01:20 AM

If it comes up missing -that is why my address is not listed -you’ll never catch me -ha HA!!

-- christine

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 01:25 AM

Good looking table! Very nice!
I agree with Christine…. be careful or it might come up missing. LOL :-)

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 01:34 AM

table top looks very nice

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 04:32 AM

Really nice looking table… love the simplicity of the design and look!

-- Mason

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#8 posted 08-11-2010 06:05 AM

nice table i think the benches are a nice contrast actually

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#9 posted 08-11-2010 06:09 AM

That is awesome. nelson would be proud. or angry and calling a lawyer. but more the first one i think.

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#10 posted 08-11-2010 05:35 PM

Great looking table. Quite a size as well. I like the use of benches on a table. i think they add a real communal atmosphere. I wonder how stable the benches are with a small foot print.

-- Daniel -

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#11 posted 08-12-2010 11:21 AM

Beautiful table, love the legs, new look. Nice finish on the top.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 11:27 AM

Very unusual, that’s nicely done.

-- 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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#13 posted 08-13-2010 03:45 AM

Awesome piece! I’m a huge MCM fan, and am inspired big time. Keep up the good work!

-- Less is More.....expensive

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#14 posted 08-17-2010 06:28 PM

Really really nice work! I am a big MCM fan too, and I took my own take on Nelson’s bench a while ago. Check it out here.

-- Mark / Montreal - "Measure Once, Curse Twice."

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