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Project by fo4life posted 02-22-2018 02:48 PM 1304 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This begins with the wife wanting a new dining table, but with the price of the tables she was looking at being $3000+ they will never happen. But I barely need an excuse to build something. After taking aspects from the different tables she liked and designing my own table in sketchup, I got to work.

The table base is make from poplar. I used mortise and tennon joints to connect all the big pieces. The stretcher is a thru mortise and tennon and pegged with 3/4 inch dowels. The base was finished with a few coats of an antique white paint, with light sanding between coats.

The original plan for the top was a maple, but the wife started talking about stone…. hmm. Too pricy. I did a cast concrete top, hand chiseled all the edges. Then I stained the concrete and sealed it with a two part bar top epoxy.

Of course you cant have a “farm style” table without a bench so i built one to go with this table, but being limited to 6 pics that can be another post if anyone is interested.





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CaptainSkully

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#1 posted 02-22-2018 03:41 PM

Oh, I think we need to see the benches…

Awesome project. I know how much work casting concrete tops is. Hope you’re not planning on moving any time soon.

Welcome to LJ’s! Spectacular debut.

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fo4life

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#2 posted 02-22-2018 03:45 PM


Oh, I think we need to see the benches…

Awesome project. I know how much work casting concrete tops is. Hope you re not planning on moving any time soon.

Welcome to LJ s! Spectacular debut.

- CaptainSkully

Thats the funny part…. I just got a new job that is going to require me to move in the next two months. By my estimates, based on the amount of concrete I used, I’m guessing the top to be around 420 lbs. Moving it is not going to be fun.

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Wyoming

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#3 posted 02-22-2018 04:48 PM

Beautiful piece… love the mixed media. been interested in concrete.

-- Flyfisher "When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained." -Mark Twain

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torus

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#4 posted 02-22-2018 04:54 PM

Very nice. How is top attached to the base?

I am guessing the wide stretcher is enough, but why only one? In my head the top stretcher will reduce possibility of rocking, unless the connection of the top and the base is very strong. (I am not questioning your design, I am trying to learn…)

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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fo4life

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#5 posted 02-22-2018 05:15 PM



Very nice. How is top attached to the base?

I am guessing the wide stretcher is enough, but why only one? In my head the top stretcher will reduce possibility of rocking, unless the connection of the top and the base is very strong. (I am not questioning your design, I am trying to learn…)

- torus

Right now there is no physical attatchment between the top and base. I was trying to decide if i wanted to do a fastner from the underside of the trestle arms into the base of the concrete or just put a fat bead of silicone between the two. With as heavy as the top is it doesnt move at all as it is. I have tried ramming it, hanging all my bodyweight, and bouncing on it. It just doesnt budge. So I’m not even sure if attatching the top is necessary.

The one stretcher is solid and tight. There is no racking as far as i can detect. The stretcher has shoulders on the tennon that once pegged, lock the base firmly in place.

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fo4life

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#6 posted 02-22-2018 05:19 PM



Beautiful piece… love the mixed media. been interested in concrete.

- Wyoming

I had to do some research before pouring the top. It is about 2 inches thick. So rather than rebar (because it is too thick) i used ladder wire as reinforcement. In this design there are two cantilevers and a span and each needed a different placment of the wire to effectively strenghten it. It is amazing how much free knowledge is floating around on the internet!

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fo4life

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#7 posted 02-22-2018 05:27 PM

The bench. I was originally going to do two. But the wife wanted one bench and some chairs. So here is the bench.

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Woodknack

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#8 posted 02-22-2018 07:48 PM

That is one of the best Dutch country style tables I’ve seen, much better than the 2×4 variety. And the concrete top looks awesome. I’m considering a concrete top for a project and am debating using vermiculite to reduce weight, did you see anything about that in your research?

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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fo4life

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#9 posted 02-22-2018 07:57 PM



That is one of the best Dutch country style tables I ve seen, much better than the 2×4 variety. And the concrete top looks awesome. I m considering a concrete top for a project and am debating using vermiculite to reduce weight, did you see anything about that in your research?

- Rick_M

Thanks! I thought about ways to try to reduce the weight of the top, vermiculite, foam core, layerd plywood with a scratch coat. In the end I decided that since I was a novice with concrete I did not want to risk something that I was unsure of. So I wound up doing a solid slab. I figured the inconvienience of moving such a heavy top would be outweighd by having to redo a cracked lightweight or ugly top.

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#10 posted 02-22-2018 08:03 PM

You did a very nice job on this table.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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fo4life

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#11 posted 02-22-2018 08:05 PM



You did a very nice job on this table.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks!

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#12 posted 02-22-2018 08:58 PM


Thats the funny part…. I just got a new job that is going to require me to move in the next two months. By my estimates, based on the amount of concrete I used, I m guessing the top to be around 420 lbs. Moving it is not going to be fun.

- fo4life

“House for sale – includes beautiful hand-made kitchen table”

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fo4life

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#13 posted 02-22-2018 09:09 PM

“House for sale – includes beautiful hand-made kitchen table”

- jerkylips

Ha! That thought had crossed my mind, but if i was ever dumb enough to speak it aloud the only place i would me moving is a hospital after the wife whacks me in the back of the head for even thinking it!

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jimintx

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#14 posted 02-22-2018 09:17 PM

Love the design and the execution. Very nice table.

I’d like to know a little bit more about hand chiseling the edges of the top. You don’t have a close up of that, but it looks good in the pictures you did show.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#15 posted 02-22-2018 09:20 PM

Looks great!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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