Hickory Dinning room table

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Project by John posted 01-17-2011 06:25 PM 5632 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start by saying this is my first wood working project, EVER! Well this project started with my wife and I looking for a dining room table one Saturday at a rather large neighborhood garage sale. We were looking for a larger table because our family had trippled in size since we purchased our last one. We didnt find one, but that started the process of trying to online. We found a table that we liked for a price we didnt! So I came up with the bright idea of building one! Let me tell you, I never took woodshop in highschool or anything!!! I did some research and found some plans online. After the first day I realized the plans we garbage and after buying the wood, and starting to cut it, I knew that I was in deep. I ended up making my own plans, and have a beautiful table that I am very proud of! The top is joined with bisket joints, and the legs and skirting are joined with pocket holes. The finsh was 2 coats of antique oil and 5 coats of polyurethane. The measurments are 80 inches by 42wide and 31 high. The table is constructed of 100% Hickory wood minus the screws! Thanks for looking and all comments good or bad are welcome!

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 06:31 PM

Nice dining room table.

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 06:57 PM

That is a great looking table and first project. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Jacksonville, NC,

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 06:59 PM

Its sad really… another perfectly good wife just became a woodshop widow. She will never see you again. Nice looking table john.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 07:06 PM

Fantastic table !!
I’ve got some Hickory in the shop that has been waiting around far too long ….I’ve got a nice use for it now : )
Thank you !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 07:28 PM

That’s a good looking table. you should be proud!

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 07:43 PM

Very nice job John!

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 08:12 PM

Nice looking table there. I want to make one that is pretty close to what you have done. Dont have plans yet but the hickory wood is very Beautiful and im sure I will be using it.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 09:53 PM

Very nice, espically for your first project.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 01-17-2011 11:01 PM

Looks like I’m in the wilderness.
Love the top.

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#10 posted 01-17-2011 11:59 PM

Looks great!

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#11 posted 01-18-2011 12:26 AM

MMM, MMm, MMM – I love me some Hickory! Great work on the table – might have to try to tackle something big like this sometime soon.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#12 posted 01-18-2011 12:27 AM

Your table looks very nice John. You did a good job on it for the first project. Thanks for posting.

You might have some problem with the top warping down the road. If you ever do another solid top glue up, the boards should not be more than 4 to 6” wide and you need to flip your boards with curve up and curve down. Look at the end of your boards in your last picture from left to right, Bd 1 is curve up, Bd-2 is curve up, Bd-3 is curve-down, Bd-4 is curve-up.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 01-18-2011 01:25 AM

Wow l’ll bet there will be a lot of conversations around that table..

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#14 posted 01-18-2011 02:47 AM

Nice table John. I love the way Hickory looks. It’s one of my favorite woods. If you have trouble with the top twisting around on you, pop some cleats on the bottom edgewise up with some more pocket screws. That’ll help a lot.


-- Russ P.

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#15 posted 01-18-2011 03:44 AM

Great job on the table. I love working with Hickory. The smell of cut Hickory makes me want to fire up the smoker and smoke some ribs.

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