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Project by Dan Pleska posted 03-24-2011 04:14 PM 2078 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dining room table is made from antique, recycled, wormy chestnut. The wood was harvested 80 years ago and used to build a barn. My client and his father dismantled that barn and stored the wood in another barn 40 years ago. The double pedestal table is six feet long and 40 inches wide with two 18 inch leaves that pull out from under each end. I made the latch from 1/8 inch steel rod. The breadboard ends are mortised and tenoned and have 5 walnut dowels in each end that are put in with the draw bore method. The center dowel in each end is the only one that is glued and the others go through an elongated hole in the tenon. It is stained with a custom mix and sprayed with three coats of clear, satin, catalyzed lacquer. Each eight inch pedestal has three feet with a bar that connects them. The center section of the feet and bar is oak for strength. Thanks for looking. By request I added a photo of the worm holes.

-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 03-24-2011 04:17 PM

Great table and nice re-use of some special wood! Congrats on both counts!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Bertha

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#2 posted 03-24-2011 04:20 PM

It’s fantastic! I had an opportunity to purchase some wormy chestnut & I didn’t move quick enough. It’s glorious.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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DocK16

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#3 posted 03-24-2011 06:21 PM

Very nice work Dan. your design?

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Skip Brewer

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#4 posted 03-24-2011 06:33 PM

Beautiful work. How long is the table when fully extended?

-- Skip, Califormia

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Dan Pleska

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#5 posted 03-24-2011 06:47 PM

Thanks all.

DocK,
The table design isn’t totally mine. I did fashion the feet though.

rlb,
The table is 9 feet when extended.

-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com

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jack1

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#6 posted 03-24-2011 07:52 PM

Beauty!

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

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Bruce

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#7 posted 03-25-2011 03:08 AM

Great job, Dan. The laquer really makes the grain pop.How about posting a close-uo of the worm holes…they really are a great feature. (I saw this table up close in the staining phase) Can’t wait to see the chairs!

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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Karson

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 03:11 AM

Beautiful table. A great job on the design and creation.

-- 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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steliart

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 12:31 PM

that is a great table

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 03-25-2011 02:22 PM

This table is beautiful and you did a great job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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deon

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#11 posted 03-25-2011 02:25 PM

Great table!. However the holes are not due to wood worm. Chestnut wood is poisonous to woodworms. The holes are due to what they call “morbo” here in italy. Have never dicovered what it means but I can assure you that it is not woodworm.

-- Dreaming patterns

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Paul Lajoie

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#12 posted 05-10-2011 01:54 AM

Dan that a very nice table. I’ve seen a Stickley version where the leaves pull out like yours but have not quite figured out how to got about building that part. I think I could figure it by trial and error, but if you don’t mind could you share that part of the table with us? Excellent workmanship!

Paul

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Dan Pleska

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#13 posted 05-10-2011 03:02 AM

Paul,
I actually borrowed the leaf design from another LJ. Take a look at http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33085. The client insisted on the pedestal rather than four legs. The pedestal made it difficult. If I were making it for myself I’d use legs.

-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com

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