Solid Oak Dinning Table w/ Heart Woods Inserts

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Project by ND2ELK posted 1259 days ago 2336 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dining table I made for a friend of mine at my church. He has done a lot of missionary work in Honduras over the years. On these trips he brought back purple heart, red heart and green heart boards. I’ve seen purple heart but I had never heard or seen red and green heart before. I do not know if that is what they are or not. The inserts are made out of these boards. The rest of the table is made out of rift cut solid red oak. The grain is a lot straighter than rotary cut oak. The top is made with tongue and groove joints. The table frame has lap joints and is screwed to the top with Kreg screws. It is finished with 4 coats of natural Watco oil applied wth 400 grit WD sand paper and 3 coats of paste wax applied with#0000 steal wool. It took me 48 hours to complete and I charged $1400. I was pleased with how it turned out. Hope you enjoy seeing it.

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#1 posted 1259 days ago

Thats a nice looking table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 1259 days ago

as always tom
your work is well thought out
and made
no detail to small to be overlooked

a real inspiration
for us all

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 1259 days ago

You have a very lucky friend nice nice job I really like the choice of woods

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#4 posted 1259 days ago

Nice Stripes !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 1259 days ago

A very nice unusual table!

You did good!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 1259 days ago

This will certainly be the center of attention in any dinning room. Well done.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 1259 days ago

Gorgeous table, love that wood.

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

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#8 posted 1259 days ago

Great job buddy looks very good.

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#9 posted 1259 days ago

very nice indeeed

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#10 posted 1258 days ago

I use redhart,and yellow hart, but never seen greenhart. very nice table. I bet your frend is happy,keep up the good work and keep posting.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 1258 days ago

Beautiful work Tom

Thamnks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#12 posted 1258 days ago

Beautiful table. I think it is one of the best I’ve seen. True craftsmanship at it’s finest….. I have plans to try to build a table similar to this (without the exotic wood) and I have a question about the top. It looks like it is attached with pocket screws. Now, keep in mind, I’m still learning and am in “no way” saying anything bad about your table construction. I’ve always heard about allowing for movement on something like this. I guess what I’m asking is, did you leave any space for movement that we can see, or is it not necessary here because of the type of lumber or the size of the table? Again….. beautiful table. I wish I had access to wood like that (that I could afford). Thanks for the post.
- JJ

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#13 posted 1258 days ago

That’s a wonderful piece of fine furniture Tom. Well done.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 1258 days ago

tom that is a beautiful table and some great looking wood…as usual you have done a great job and i enjoyed seeing your work…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#15 posted 1258 days ago

Very nice work Tom. Your friend can remember the work he did and people he met in Honduras and can enjoy the beautiful and useful table you crafted for him.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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