Rustic Ash Table

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Project by rweaver36 posted 02-20-2018 03:59 PM 876 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister-in-law recently did a complete remodel of her kitchen and was looking for a large table to match. I had only build a few coffee tables, but I told her I’d like to give it a try. The cost savings on having a family hobby woodworker vs. a professional helped my case. She found a style she liked and gave me the measurements and turned me loose.

The top is 6’ 8” by 38”. The entire table was made with 7/4 rustic ash, stained with Minwax dark walnut and finished with a water based poly. I put a few tubes of epoxy on the top to fill in knot holes and surface cracks.

The bottoms and sides of the legs were made by face gluing 3 pc of wood with the center piece 1.5” narrower to create space for the panels to slide in. I attached the support rails to the legs with half lap joints and fastened with screws. The top was screwed in on the center rail and table top fasteners were used on the outer supports to allow for wood movement.

Working with the low grade/rustic wood did have it’s challenges. Especially during glue-up…trying to find where the knots and defects work best. On the flip side, it does allow for a few mistakes to be hidden among the woods imperfections.

It was a fun project and in the end it turned out to be what she was looking for. The next project is a couple of benches to match.

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#1 posted 02-20-2018 04:38 PM

Very nice.
I like the pic without the table top on.

-- -Thorin Oakenshield, King Under the Mountain

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#2 posted 02-21-2018 02:50 AM

Cograts! Looks great. Hope your sister in law is happy.

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#3 posted 02-21-2018 03:03 AM

Quite the beast! Reminds me of the This End Up style furniture (which I always liked)

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#4 posted 02-21-2018 05:12 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 02-21-2018 02:07 PM

Very nice work! Cutting the curve on the ends of the long supports is a nice finishing touch. Your sister-in-law better love that table for decades!

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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