The Fast Food of Dining Tables

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Project by Thuan posted 2420 days ago 1610 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It suddenly hit me one day that I was not and probably will not be the great craftsman I wanted to be. So I took this thought to heart and built a dining table that would serve my wife and I. I went to the big box store, dug and found some quarter sawn pieces of oak to use as legs and aprons. Got a solid core slab door and went to work. The base consists of mortise and hunched tennons, with draw pins that doubles as dowels for the tapered legs to the adjacent aprons. The oak edge is attached with glue and exposed dowels, hand plane the bevels on the oak edges and stained the thing. The top is held in place by sliding dovetail locks that lets me easily remove the top to replace or to move. The whole thing took about 20 hours, spreaded into five days, at least five of those hours were used for finishing.

-- Thuan

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#1 posted 2420 days ago

I don’t ever expect to great either, but I hope to be competent. The table looks good and demostrates craftmanship.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 2420 days ago

I hear you Thuan. I’m a realist. I’m no Sam Maloof. Good thing I’m good at my day job. I think your table came out great though. If I remember correctly, you’re working on your hands and knees in a closet, so I’d say your skills are somewhat better than you think they are.


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 2420 days ago

Your craftsmanship is complemented by your ability to adapt to your situation. I admire you, but I do not envy your shop situation.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 2420 days ago

i am humbled by your ability to do so well with so little . your table looks great ! keep up the good work

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#5 posted 2419 days ago

I agree with everyone!!
and Nice table.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 2419 days ago

Form follows function. Functional it is and the form well executed. Success, Thuan.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#7 posted 2419 days ago

I think that it turned out preaty good.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#8 posted 2419 days ago

Very nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 2419 days ago

Considering what shop space you are working from it is a pretty impressive table.

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#10 posted 2419 days ago

Looks like some top notch work to me, you should be proud.

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

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#11 posted 2419 days ago

Thuan don’t sell yourself short. You are accomplishing very nice work with very limited resources. I think that your work is excellent and functional.

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

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#12 posted 2419 days ago

Yes, impressive, don’t sell yourself short. Nice work. I suppose you built the bench too, right?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#13 posted 2366 days ago

Thuan the table looks great. Never underestimate what you can do with a solid core door. I’ve made a couple of real sturdy work benches with some that I found at the dump. Necessity is the mother of invention!

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#14 posted 1741 days ago

Nice looking table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#15 posted 1741 days ago

The doors are made to stay flat and are light to be able to move around. A great design and construction job.

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

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