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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 12-22-2007 08:14 PM 1836 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this dining table for my step-son and his wife. It’s all in elm, from a tree that was felled locally, planked and kept in a garage until the owner’s wife insisted he get rid of it. I was first to answer his ad in the local paper. I fabricated the legs from two 2” thicknesses, biscuited together and then routed a vee down the joint. The top is framed with two floating panels. The second picture shows, what now looks like, an over-thick panel maybe. But why plane away all that beautiful and cost£ly wood? I finished the table with Danish oil and finally wax.

I didn’t make the chairs.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems





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mrtrim

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#1 posted 12-22-2007 08:20 PM

another masterpiece from stewart ! i really like the design of the top . happy holidays to you and yours, verne

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#2 posted 12-22-2007 08:22 PM

that looks lovely. The grain really came out nice with the oil finish. How did you attach the legs/apron to the top? I’m getting ready to make a few small living room tables and am considering how to attach the tops.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#3 posted 12-22-2007 08:26 PM

Massive! There is some sweet grain patterns there.

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YorkshireStewart

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#4 posted 12-22-2007 08:35 PM

Thanks all. And a Happy Christmas to you and yours too

Betsy – The apron is mortise and tenon jointed into the legs. There are two elm pegs driven through each of the joints.

To allow for movement of the top,. I attached it with elm buttons like so:
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-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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#5 posted 12-22-2007 08:55 PM

Very nice table. I like the contrasts in the color of the wood. Very interesting technique for creating the buttons. I learned something new!

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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Betsy

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#6 posted 12-22-2007 09:10 PM

thanks – I’m considering buttons for my end tables your method of making them gives me some ideas to work with.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#7 posted 12-22-2007 09:41 PM

Another piece for the ages, Stewart. Wonderful!

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

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#8 posted 12-22-2007 09:47 PM

Stewart. A fantastic table. Your family should be proud of this fine creation.

How much of the wood did you get.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 12-22-2007 10:04 PM

Thanks folks. Now, Karson - I expect you’re looking for an answer in ‘Board Feet’ – a measure I’ve seen lots of times on LJ. I have to say, I needed to Google the expression and now I can answer!

From memory, I got around 100 board feet. There’s still some in the stack. I’ve since added some burr/burl elm (that the vendor – a life long carpenter who was retiring – insisted was bird’s eye maple!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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#10 posted 12-22-2007 10:21 PM

Thats one fine looking table Stewart.

-- Andy Stark

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#11 posted 12-22-2007 10:47 PM

It would make a nice door too Stewart. Maybe they would like one?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 12-23-2007 02:09 AM

Man that Elm is some kind of beautiful. Such an inviting looking table.

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

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#13 posted 12-23-2007 02:35 AM

Very nice. I should spend as much time on my tables.

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#14 posted 12-23-2007 05:18 AM

Beautiful work. Elm has beautiful interlocking grain.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 12-23-2007 10:48 AM

Stewart that is a beautiful table. I like the way you used the elm buttons for securing the top.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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