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Project by hypnos posted 1422 days ago 1700 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished this after a few months of work, a lot of that time was spent making jigs and a planer sled to flatten the wide boards for the top. I made a forum post wanting guesses about what type of wood you see in the top, I was convinced for a while that it was cherry, but after seeing the quail like feathers after finishing it and pictures on the hobbit house and elsewhere the feathering grain gives it away.



You can see more pictures here
I finished the padauk with teak oil and poly, the rest with danish oil, lots of poly because of the kids, then some paste wax.

The elm cuts well but the density varies wildly, the back plank on the top was dense and uniform but the rest was pretty soft and grainy. The boards I used were about the least interesting of the bunch but the most defect free. Chiseling the holes in the top for the legs was a pain, the inner wood was kind of punky and tended to tear out, but at least you can’t see it.

As you can probably tell, the top and the bottom runners are not actually attached, they just lift off, but there’s no side to side give. A little nicer than flat pack furniture to say the least.
It was my first time doing mortise and tenons, I’m pretty happy how they turned out overall.

-- David P., Kansas City





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GabrielX

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#1 posted 1422 days ago

Oh my! That pattern of the grain “swirl” is fantastic. The legs really make it pop. Nice shine.

-- GX

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#2 posted 1422 days ago

love the design, and it looks like it works very well in the room, too.

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cwdance1

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#3 posted 1422 days ago

Beautiful wood, great design

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woodbutcher

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#4 posted 1422 days ago

hypnos,
Congratulations on a most beautiful table. The design is most unique indeed. The choice of woods in combination is simply stunning. Judging from the last picture your choice of poly as a finish was quite intuitive! Congrats on a lovely daughter as well. She certainly finds it most usefull as well. Keep on keeping on!

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 1422 days ago

Very cool table!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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mtnwild

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#6 posted 1422 days ago

What PrairieFire said, well done…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 1421 days ago

Greatr work! Love the colors!

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

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logndog

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#8 posted 1420 days ago

really . beautiful table! Im wondering if youl cut the bottom board shorter in time. It will make you have to use a wider gate to move around the table. (just a guess) but LOVE the table

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hypnos

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#9 posted 1420 days ago

Thanks everyone!
Logndog, I do kind of regret the length of the bottom board being as long as the top, but since it better illustrates that the grain on the front part of the top is the same as the board below (more or less bookmatched) I left it that way.
It actually sticks out no further than the top, but this table sure looks wildly different depending on what angle you are coming from. The trapezoid shape really threw me at first, I had to double check my angles a couple times because unless you are looking at it from dead center the perspective makes the angles look like they are not nearly the same. I grew to like that feature though, makes it a bit more modernist.

-- David P., Kansas City

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