Old World Dinning Table

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Project by Les Hastings posted 2405 days ago 1568 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

White oak was used to make this table. Its all hand planed and heavly distressed. The top is 72” in dia. and had two 18” leaves. The base was very massive, the center leg is 12” in dia. and the four outter posts were 6” in dia. The center post had its own base and it stays in the center of the table when the leaves are in place. The two outtrer base’s slide in to conceal the center base when the leaves are removed.

The barley twists style posts were done on the Legacy Ornamental Mill. Although they look time consuming they actually don’t take long to do. It takes longer to get them all sanded nicely than it does to get them turned. The 12” post is the biggest I can get on the mill, in fact I had to turn it round on the lathe to even get it on the machine.

I’m not sure what the weight of this table, but its a bunch! I used around three hundred board of 8/4 white oak to build this table. The base is 36” in dia. and was 8” tall if I remember correctly.

The finish was dye stains and different colors of glazes along with conversion varnish and hand rubbed dark wax. By our in house finishers, they never stop amazing me!

The table went in a wine cellar here locally.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 2405 days ago

No mistaking the work of a Legacy Mill. The distressed finish looks like a complicated process.

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

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#2 posted 2405 days ago

The Legacy does come in handy at times.

Good job!

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

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#3 posted 2405 days ago

Great looking table. A nice 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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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2405 days ago

I agree. I would hate to try and do this job without the mill. This is a great looking table.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 2405 days ago

That’s a stunning table Les. And the finish looks so right too.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#6 posted 2405 days ago


How did you match the themoldings of the inside diameter of the outer legs base, to the outside diameter of the interior post/leg base?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Les Hastings

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#7 posted 2405 days ago

roman, Didn’t do anything special, they are not perfect opposites of each other. Just got as close as I could with what I had. Thanks to all!!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 2405 days ago

Massive! That is some table.

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#9 posted 2405 days ago

impressive table!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 2405 days ago

Another great work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 2324 days ago

This might be the coolest table I have ever seen. 300 Board Foot! WOW! Someday, I would like to be able to approach this level of woodworking. To build and posess this in my dining room would be an honor.

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