|Project by Lumber2Sawdust||posted 01-06-2012 05:56 AM||1104 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
I started this table about a year ago. It got interrupted by other projects but I finally got this finished a couple months ago.
I made this out of Philippine mahogany. A local lumber supplier had a special on it, so I got all the lumber i needed for about $250. I would have liked something a little harder, but the price was right and it looks nice.
This is probably not the last dining table I will build for our house so it is a “practice table”.
I made the base with mortise and tenons. This is the first time I did the mortises by hand. I got a LN mortise chisel for this project. It is a great tool, and I enjoyed doing the work by hand. The top is 54” square, with breadboard ends. I did a few things that could be better. Luckily, the pictures are detailed enough for them to show here :)
I used Watco Dark Walnut danish oil for the stain. Our dining room gets a lot of sun, and from what I’ve found, the Watco will resist fading pretty well. I started with brushing a poly finish. It left brush marks that I wasn’t happy with. I have a sprayer, but didn’t use it because I was not confident enough in my skills with it. After I got brush marks, I thought I may as well try the sprayer. I sanded the top with 220, then started spraying. The spray flattened out the brush marks and left a nice finish. I am a big fan of the spray finish. I will be reaching for the more often on future projects.
The table is about 31” high, which is higher than most tables. I’m 6’5” tall, and my wife is fairly tall, too. I like having a table that fits me, and it fits my wife pretty well too.