Solid maple and oak dining table

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Project by Jim Cole posted 09-27-2011 10:32 PM 5286 views 13 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a dining room table that I made for my family this past summer. I have always liked big solid tables and have never bought one, so I finally got around to making one of my own. The table is mostly maple with Early American stain with an oak inlay stained in Dark Walnut. There is also a thin 1/4 inch strip of walnut surrounding the inlay. The table top measure 80” X 40” and can seat 8 people. The only part of the table that isn’t solid hardwood is a sheet of maple plywood under the inlay. This thing weighs a ton, but we like it!

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#1 posted 09-27-2011 10:41 PM

i personally don’t like grooves in the top of a table, but this is beautiful.

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#2 posted 09-27-2011 10:47 PM

Love the top design!

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

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#3 posted 09-27-2011 10:53 PM

Very nice.. I love it

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 09-27-2011 11:18 PM

What a beautiful table and it looks really sturdy.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#5 posted 09-27-2011 11:34 PM

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
Why do you think they call it the ‘left’ coast?

Great looking project allright. Have you had any issues with expansion/contraction on the joints.

Moreno Valley’s local has-been
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#6 posted 09-27-2011 11:41 PM

Very nice. I like the design.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 12:23 AM

A beautiful country look. I like it!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 09-28-2011 02:51 AM


I am also curious like “hasbeen” about the expansion and contraction.

Also, did you turn the legs or order them?


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#9 posted 09-28-2011 04:02 AM

Nicely done! I like the design, it all blends well together.

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

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#10 posted 09-28-2011 05:05 AM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 09-28-2011 06:03 AM

Love this table. Nice work man..

-- Zach, Las Vegas

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#12 posted 09-28-2011 06:20 AM

this is gorgeous

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#13 posted 09-28-2011 11:04 AM

Great looking table, one of a kind which is a good thing!

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

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#14 posted 09-28-2011 01:11 PM

Expansion / contraction has occurred at the mitered corners on the table top. There is a bit of a gap there now. It’s disappointing to see. I need to figure out something to do with that. I did turn the legs myself. My wife was concerned when I told her that there were going to be grooves in the inlay, but I still chose to go that way because I liked the look. We usually keep a tablecloth on top since we have three messy kids, so it’s not a big deal for us. My idea in making this table was for it to be solid, strong and thick – something that at least in my imagination would have been used in a middle ages castle, with a bit of an elegant look thrown in with the inlay. Thanks for the compliments folks!

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#15 posted 09-28-2011 02:45 PM

Very nice design and end result, Jim. You must have needed help in the assembly process. Great job!

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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