Oak Table

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Project by Thomas Porter posted 12-18-2007 01:14 AM 2364 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project for my sister and her husband. He wanted to build this table for her for Christmas. I have a few thousand board feet of rough-cut oak sitting out back all sticker stacked and so we went to milling and cutting. You’ll notice the apron is dovetailed more than normal. I wanted to show the dovetails instead of doing sliding dovetails or tenons. This meant using lots and lots and lots or very carefully laid out dovetails. Fun, though. It’s final dimension is 10’6×3’7

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#1 posted 12-18-2007 01:22 AM

That’s quite a table. How did you attach the top?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 12-18-2007 01:31 AM

Great looking table.

Small family? Husband and wife?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 12-18-2007 01:34 AM

That’s a lot of table. Looks very good.

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#4 posted 12-18-2007 01:35 AM

Beautiful! I like the way you wrapped the apron around the legs with dovetails instead of just terminating the apron into the leg. Simple, elegant design. Nice work.


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#5 posted 12-18-2007 01:39 AM

Beautiful table, just gorgeous. mike

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

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#6 posted 12-18-2007 01:54 AM

funny, karson—Honey please pass the salt.

the table is magnificent. I wish I had the space to have such a grand table. Wouldn’t that be wonderful for family events.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 12-18-2007 02:04 AM

Very nice. Did you buy direct from a mill and get a good deal?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 12-18-2007 02:48 AM

May the meals on that table be as beautiful…a great heirloom piece… way to go Uncle T… Happy Holidays Blkcherry.

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#9 posted 12-18-2007 04:32 AM

Beautiful Thomas. Like looking down a bowling alley lane. Are the chairs to go with it next? Great craftsmanship as always and thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 12-18-2007 05:05 AM

wow exellent table . its a two turkey table for sure

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#11 posted 12-18-2007 12:16 PM

Hey thats a two turkey table and a game of backgammon at the same time….Great looking job!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 12-18-2007 12:40 PM

I sure would hate to have to wash all of the dishes that will grace that table. Beautiful table.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 12-18-2007 03:32 PM

Nice. That is one big table.
Interesting dovetail use. Even dovetailed on the inside. Looks cool.
Matching chairs in the future?
How did you attach the legs?

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 12-18-2007 03:57 PM

That is an interesting approach to the apron corners. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it. Very unique. Great support for the 4/4 top. I often thought about using 4/4 for a table top and this seems like one of the best methods I’ve seen. Good work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 12-18-2007 04:35 PM

Just building a table that big and having it come out flat blows my mind! Impressive!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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