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Project by dasnipa posted 1067 days ago 2809 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start this story at the beginning. a little over a year ago I decided that I wanted to build a dining table for a friend of mine. It was to be quite an ambitious project because I was just starting out as a woodworker. A few friends of mine convinced me to do an end table first so that I could practice the look before moving on to a final piece. You can find the original ‘practice’ end table at the project below.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/37982

So, of course, with the full scale project, I encountered issues one doesn’t encounter until working with long lengths of stock… The table is 72”x40”.

By far, the biggest issue I had was keeping the wood flush while edge gluing. I tried my darndest, but the end result left me sanding the top off and on for the past 6 months to return it to a reasonable flatness for a dining table.

Ill end my banter there and let the wood speak for itself. P.S. some of the pictures have some curvature to the top. The top isn’t actually curved. it’s a function of the project being large, and my lens not having a short enough focal length for the scale I needed.





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David

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#1 posted 1067 days ago

good looking table. i like the curly maple.

-- David, Center,Texas

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 1067 days ago

Great table. Gluing up a large top is quite a project and you did an excellent job.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Blake Thornton

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#3 posted 1067 days ago

That’s beautiful.

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superstretch

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#4 posted 1067 days ago

Unbelievable curl.. I’ve found that biscuits will prevent misalignment and scraping will power through the wood faster than sanding. Great looking table!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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woodzy

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#5 posted 1067 days ago

Looks great. What finish did you use?

-- Anthony

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dasnipa

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#6 posted 1067 days ago

I used a Jeff Jewitt finishing schedule

Dilluted brown pigment dye 95% sanded off to accent the curl followed by blo to add depth. Poly topcoats rubbing the final coat out with wax applied to a steel wool pad

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George Coles

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#7 posted 1067 days ago

This is a great table. I love the curly maple. One way of keeping the wood flush that I use is to tongue and groove the edges. This can be done with a router if you don’t have access to a spindle moulder and an added benefit is that you have a larger glue area and less likelihood of joints parting.

-- George Coles, Antipolo, Philippines

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 1067 days ago

My Oh my!! I can hear oohs and aahs all over the LJ community ;-) Awesome table. I love curly maple.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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groovy_man_6

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#9 posted 1067 days ago

Boy is that pretty!!! What a great looking piece! I had a similar problem with the slats on a dining room table I did—what solved it for me was using a couple dowels, linking the gluing surfaces together, so they can’t move relative to each other—(http://www.amazon.com/Dowelmax-Precision-Engineered-Joining-System/dp/B00021ULRE)

anyhoo, you pulled it off wonderfully… excellent coloring job too, to accentuate the curl.

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 1067 days ago

The top looks great …love the inlay : )
Any pictures of the whole table ?

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B13

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#11 posted 1067 days ago

That maple rocks! nice! Inlay.

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amagineer

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#12 posted 1067 days ago

That curly maple is amazing, it must have cost a pretty penny. What thickness is the top? I see two maple boards glued together to create the thickness. That could be your curling problem that you encountered. What kind of glue did you use? I know how difficult it is the try and glue long pieces and keep everything aligned. You did a great job with your table.

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

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dasnipa

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#13 posted 1067 days ago

First off my local lumber supplier provided this amazing maple. And his prices are phoenominal. Everything accounted for this project cost $150 in lumber. 30 of which was in the cherry.

The top is not that thick all the way through. I attached some cutoffs to thicken its appearance midway through the project when I decided the top would look better thicker. If I had planned for that thickness from the start I would have made the top 4 inches oversize in each dimension and then trimmed and flipped so the edge curl would have been ‘bookmatched’. However I figure I can’t plan for everything so im happy how it is.

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Jonathan

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#14 posted 1066 days ago

Beautiful curl and excellent job showing it off. I like that you used dye to really make it pop before applying the rest of the finish. The inlay is also a nice subtle addition.

Nice work!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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nuttree

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#15 posted 1066 days ago

^ Jonathan toom the words right out of my mouth – very nice work.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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