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Project by Ben posted 1273 days ago 1528 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table began while looking for lumber for another project. I came across a stunning piece of 8/4 curly cherry that I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with, but was sure that it could make a great piece of furniture. I spent several months mulling my options and came up with this.

I cut most of the cherry into veneer and and laid it on the top. The core is two sheets of 3/4 plywood, and both sides were veneered (the bottom has cheaper non-curly cherry). We recently expanded to a family of 5, so I wanted to maximize our seating arrangements around this table so that 5 could eat comfortably around it. We stuck with 4 legs, but pulled them in closer to function a little more like a pedestal base. As you can see, it has a leaf (or more accurately, will someday have a leaf). As I was working the final fit I realized that the leaf was far from flat, and just needed to be re-built. I needed to get this project done and didn’t have time to fix it, so that will come at some later date.

I finished it with General Finishes Enduro Varnish, which is a water based finish that cures like an oil. It went on real nice and so far looks like a good finish. Of course, only time will tell.

Photography, patience and design support are thanks to my lovely wife.





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TJ65

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#1 posted 1273 days ago

Sweeeet,
A great addition to any family, large and small.
Now I know where/who to go to for my next table!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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SheriDi

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#2 posted 1272 days ago

Beautiful table Ben!

Did you brush, wipe or spray the finish?

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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stefang

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#3 posted 1272 days ago

An unusual and beautiful design and superb craftsmanship not to mention fantastic wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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jerryw

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#4 posted 1272 days ago

awesome table. great design. great execution. be proud of it.

-- jerryw-wva.

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jcees

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#5 posted 1270 days ago

Very nicely done, sir. Bravo! to you and the missus photo skills.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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falegniam

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#6 posted 1141 days ago

very nice table. where did you find the slide gear mechanism?

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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