Multi purpose table in wormy chestnut

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Project by Stephen posted 09-28-2010 12:40 AM 2231 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this today. Thanks for viewing and commenting. I really enjoy making tables so this one is a little special for me. I found the wormy chestnut at a place that sells salvaged lumber from old houses in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. The top and aprons are from 1 board that was 1×8x98, I had to pick copper tacks out of it that had been used to hang wallpaper with. I was lucky to get a barn beam 4×6x52 to make the legs from. This beam was really wormy and had several big knots and I was worried about the strength, but it turned out to be more solid than I had believed after cutting it up. The finish is just diluted gloss spar urethane wiped on many coats for a water resistant top. I plan on using this table at my cabin for a 2 person dining table and also for playing chess or cards. Its 30 tall and top is 24×29. I did the inside tapered legs on my jointer, its a real fast and simple way to get-r-done.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 02:37 AM

now that is a beautiful table…the wood is not available much found some nice pieces..and did a great job on the build…ive made a lot of furniture using antique southern heart pine…it has a wonderful color to it , just like this does…congrats on a job well done…oh the whole inside of my house is done in that old ive had plenty of practice also..pulling nails…tacks…its funny they used tacks for wall paper…i guess that is all there was then…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 02:40 AM

oh just a suggestion..on the bottom of your legs…if you sand the bottom edges over just a little…they wont be in as much danger as a piece of wood chipping off if the table is slid on the floor..if you leave the bottoms might happen…just my 2 cents…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 03:20 AM

Nice table!! Beautiful lumber!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 04:40 AM

beautiful. I love chestnut. Such character. Do tell how to do the tapers on your jointer.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 02:34 PM

Great job!! Beautiful wood.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 09-28-2010 05:29 PM

Would love to know how you did the tapered legs on the jointer?

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 05:31 PM

Beautiful table, gorgeous. I love the grain and finish.

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

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 10:36 PM

Thanks for the compliments and tips. Grizzman, I have to use felt pads on them due to the cabin floor boards being nailed with rosehead clinch nails. All the furniture we use there needs the pads. I didnt even think about rounding them, to late now. For the taper on the jointer, just GOOGLE or YAHOO “tapered legs jointer”, there are many articles now that demonstrate several different ways of doing it. I have been tapering with a jointer for about 5 years now. I do it a little different than some of the videos, however some of them look a little safer than my way. I havent yet tried the Popular woodworking method, it seems a little more technical.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#9 posted 09-30-2010 06:33 PM

Wow! looks good and just like my first ever project that I did out of red-oak. Doing tapered legs on the jointer is quick and easy!

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