Round Dining Table

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Project by PaulLietzan posted 09-14-2011 04:46 AM 2632 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

65” diameter dining table
Hickory and Jatoba, 8/4
Lacquer finish

I grew up in a large and loud family with a round dining table, and am convinced that its size and shape contributed greatly to our family life… With no table head, everyone can be equally involved in conversation and rowdiness.

My first shot at a large table, went for a modern rustic kind of look. Definitely didn’t mean for the biscuit on the edge to be visible, but am resigned to the idea that it adds character. Also, I wasn’t quite sure how to tackle finishing such a large surface- Ended up using an hvlp sprayer, and it turned out okay. Finishing is by far my least favorite part, but I would imagine there’s plenty to learn about it here.

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#1 posted 09-14-2011 05:16 AM

Stunning piece. The wood contrast is very nice. There is something really special about Jatoba. Now you need some matching chairs.

I never thought of the sociological implication of a round vs rectangular shaped table. I think you are on to something. I also agree with you about the last part of a project: finishing. It can be such a chore.



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#2 posted 09-14-2011 05:32 AM

What a beautiful table! I am a big fan of Jatoba and may have to try something like this. The glue up looks a little scary with the wedge shaped pieces wanting to squirt out when the clamps are applied? How did you overcome this?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 06:24 AM

Very cool.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 06:38 AM

My oh my, what great figure and contrast. This table just invites you to come on over and sit down. Then when conversation lags there is always something here to spark it up again. Fabulous work.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#5 posted 09-14-2011 12:00 PM

Great job on the table! Love the colors and the design. The pattern being random really makes this nice!

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

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#6 posted 09-14-2011 12:20 PM

An heirloom for sure! Impressive!
Can’t wait to see the chairs! lol

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#7 posted 09-14-2011 02:01 PM

Art gallery piece for sure. I love the hickory grains, gives it a rustic look with the richness of the jatoba.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#8 posted 09-14-2011 02:45 PM

I love this, a lot!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#9 posted 09-14-2011 03:03 PM

I really like this big round idea, and your choice of wood helps it along quite a bit. Beautiful way to start a
meal, and looking at the workmanship, I think that you will be able to help the conversation and rowdiness
along just fine, as well as the family memories. I also tend to agree on the chore of finishing. Thank you for

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 09-14-2011 06:54 PM

Absolutely AWESOME! Did you do anything special to flatten the top after glue-up?

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#11 posted 09-14-2011 08:29 PM

Nice, and welcome to LJ I’m sure you will love it here

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 09-14-2011 09:58 PM

Thanks for the kind words all.

Clamping non-parallel pieces is a bit of a pain, especially without dowels. In the top alone I believe there are around 80 biscuits, and one dowel. So the pieces would slide a little when I clamped them, but usually I could just pound them back into place with a mallet and squeeze them down. Definitely a two person job at that point.

As far as flattening out the surface, the biscuits did a pretty good job of keeping all of the edges pretty tight. A couple were off, because there was a little warping in some of the boards. To fix, I belt-sanded until my eyes bled. I’m actually really surprised at how flat it turned out.

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#13 posted 09-15-2011 01:06 AM

Thumbs up on this one, way up!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 09-15-2011 02:23 AM

This is an amazing beautiful table. Mixing different colored species makes it so much more special. Great looking piece, amazing craftsmanship and design. You have talent my friend. I thought it was a good idea and intentional to show the biscuit. Cutting all these pieces to fit so perfectly is some task. Tks for sharing.

Like some of us I prefer woodworking than finishing. After trying many different methods including spraying, I found wipe-on vanish to be the easiest, and I dare say fun to do. Have a look at a mantel I made a while ago to see what I mean.

Ah yes, you are so right about the round table making every equal !!!

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#15 posted 09-15-2011 03:13 AM

Exceptional table my friend. I love the contrast of each species. Amazing workmanship. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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