Cherry Dining Table

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Project by Les Hastings posted 02-01-2008 11:55 PM 2619 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table had a veneered top with a 6” solid wood band. The ball in the pedestal was 16” in dia. with a hollow center. The ball is made up of 30 individual pieces, apple slices. A sled was made to mill the the lumber for the ball through the planer creating a wedge shape, they were then cut to length and band sawn into a half circle. The beading was done on the router table using a wedged plateform to hold the piece at 90 to the bit. Then all the pieces were biscuted and glued up to from the ball. The feet were turned on the lathe and the beaded on the Legacy.

The top is 72” in dia.

Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 02-02-2008 12:14 AM

oh my!!!
the centre really makes this an extraordinary piece of art.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 02-02-2008 12:32 AM

This is absolutely gorgeous. From the pictures I really can’t see a difference in the woods. I assume that you only veneered the top. Is the rest of the table cherry? What wood did you use for the top before veneering?

Veneering is a technique that I am not ready to attempt at this stage in my woodworking career. I am much more comfortable working with solid wood. Seeing a post on veneering would be educational.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 02-02-2008 12:38 AM

bryan, I used 1 1/4” mdf for the top with a bottom backer and all the rest of the table is solid cherry. Sounds like I need to get busy on some blogging, I’ll do the best I can. Thanks!!

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

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#4 posted 02-02-2008 12:46 AM

this is a beautiful table Les, great work.

-- bryano

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#5 posted 02-02-2008 12:58 AM

Les, You do beautiful work!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#6 posted 02-02-2008 02:00 AM

Go away, Les. You are embarassing the rest of us. <g>

THat is one gorgeous table. I hope I live long enough to develop skills anywhere close to yours.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-02-2008 02:15 AM


-- 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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#8 posted 02-02-2008 02:24 AM

All I can say is wow.

-- Kaleo ,

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#9 posted 02-02-2008 02:34 AM

Thats one stout looking table!
Very nice design and as mentioned above by others, that ‘ball’ really sets the whole thing off.

-- Still learning everything

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#10 posted 02-02-2008 03:26 AM

another fantastic project posting … Da Vinci woodworker !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 02-02-2008 04:26 AM

That is awsome!! I Love that Ball. I don’t think I could ever wrap my mind around that one. Great Work!

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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#12 posted 02-02-2008 06:11 AM

Wow! What a beautiful table! :)

-- Dana,Texas

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#13 posted 02-02-2008 11:38 AM

Man, that is superb. Excellent craftsmanship throughout.

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#14 posted 02-02-2008 01:37 PM

Very nice job indeed Dan. You have used a lot of skill to make that table, well done.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 02-02-2008 01:59 PM

Dude, please tell me there’s an aspect of woodworking you suck at…please? ;)

Seriously, beautiful job. I’m very impressed with this one (and pretty much all of your stuff).

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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