Massiv oak table

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Project by pastahill posted 04-06-2011 02:37 PM 4021 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first table i built. It is 10.5 feet long and about 4 feet wide. The oak i found at the backjard of my wifes uncle. It has lain there for the last 30 years. He dont need it anymore and want the boards cut for firewood. I asked him, if i can have the wood and he gave it to me. The thicknes of the boards were between 1 – 2 inches rough cut, so i have to plane them. The mortis and tenon i made with my woodrat. The surface i smoothed with a scraper and finished everything with hardoil. The inlay is just covered with glas and you can change it easily. Now there is sand and shells from our last florida hollyday in it, but i will make an natur stone mosaic for it.

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#1 posted 04-06-2011 02:50 PM

Interesting table design. What is a wood rat?

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#2 posted 04-06-2011 03:01 PM

The woodrat is a machine for mortis and tenon, dovetails and other things what you can made with a router. Just google it and you see how it works. I will not miss it any more in my shop.

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#3 posted 04-06-2011 03:30 PM

I like the inlay section. Really adds a nice look to all the great wood.

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#4 posted 04-06-2011 03:44 PM

Very cool inlay.. change it to suit various holidays and you won’t have to worry about taking up table space!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#5 posted 04-06-2011 03:46 PM

I like the center piece of this table.
This gives me a good idea.
Me and the misses just got back from Jamaica, and we took back a few baggies full of Ocho Rios sand. ( Which was questioned by authorities at Montego Bay airport. )
This would be a nice reminder of our trip.
Thanks for sharing this.

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#6 posted 04-06-2011 03:56 PM

I did Google the Woodrat, it is quite a machine, and I can see that it would be quite handy making the
wonderful massive table that you did make. I can see your background with Mayer of Munich showing
through in that glass inlay with the ability to change displays. The oak was a good free find, if you do not
count all the work and sweat needed to make it into the table. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 04-06-2011 04:12 PM

I think that table is great! Nice job.

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#8 posted 04-06-2011 07:57 PM

I like it

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#9 posted 04-06-2011 08:10 PM

very nice

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#10 posted 04-06-2011 08:15 PM

Love the table, the inlay is a great idea.

At first I thought those were exposed tenons on the top ends of the legs, but then I realized they were laminations. They give the piece an old-time crafty look that’s still very polished.

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#11 posted 04-12-2011 12:53 AM

Beautiful wood in a great looking table, I like the rays visible in the quartersawn pieces. I also love the center display tray idea, as someone starting a family I can see it as something that would make a great tradition. It would be great to let the kids try and find things that would fill it up so that when the family gathers around the table we are all reminded of our adventures together. Then each set of items could be packed away in a separate tray or box and brought out on a rotation… It would even be great to put a photo or two in there as well that was taken on the trip…

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#12 posted 04-12-2011 01:01 AM

Boy !

That there … is Beauty AND the BEAST !!!

Nice job :-)

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#13 posted 05-23-2011 04:07 AM

very good use of wood. nice work.

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