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Project by Daniel Towler posted 01-17-2012 07:53 AM 2685 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When a buddy asked me to build him a new table top to go in place of a cheap faux-wood one on top of an otherwise classy looking wrought iron base, I thought it would make for a nice project. The table measures just under 48” in diameter, with some nicely selected Jatoba lumber. What a great excuse to buy myself a new dewalt DW735x planer, just before Christmas! It turned out better than i expected. Dark walnut stain, followed by 5 coats of wipe on poly and wax. Should stand up to daily use. The wife and I got a nice dinner out for the gift. Enjoy!

-- "Luck favors the prepared" Edna Mode in 'The Incredibles'





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#1 posted 01-17-2012 08:25 AM

Beautiful table with great wood.

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#2 posted 01-17-2012 11:11 AM

Love Jatoba! Great job she is a real beauty!

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

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#3 posted 01-17-2012 03:22 PM

Love the finish, beautiful.

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#4 posted 01-17-2012 03:26 PM

Outstanding! I love the edge treatment.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 01-18-2012 01:44 AM

Nice table

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 01-18-2012 04:43 AM

Beautiful table and nice finish. I am curious as to why you stained it? Jatoba darkens/reddens with time. What effect will the stain have on this? I love Jatoba but never have seen it stained. Not being critical, just curious.

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

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#7 posted 01-18-2012 06:24 AM

Thanks for the question, gfadvm. My friend wanted a dark stain to match some of their decorations, so we did a test block with 3 or 4 options for color, and they decided on this one. I wasn’t aware that Jatoba darkens with time, like cherry, but I suppose that the table will just darken more with the stain on it. Just a clear finish darkened it a bit, but they really wanted it deep brown. I was surprised however how nice the grain pattern shows up even in lower light with the dark stain on it.

-- "Luck favors the prepared" Edna Mode in 'The Incredibles'

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 03:54 AM

Thanks for the reply. Andy

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

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#9 posted 01-20-2012 07:47 PM

Nice Top. Did you use biscuits at the joint edges?

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 09:15 AM

to answer your question woodrookieII, no, I did not. I have read multiple times that a properly jointed edge does not need strengthening with biscuits. My jointer is pretty dialed in, so I put it to the test. We actually tested this before the glue up with some scrap pieces. When we tried to break two pieces at the glue line, we actually broke the wood around the joint, instead of the joint itself. I would say the literature speaks for itself. I use biscuits all the time, but now I think I will use them for end-to-ends, miters, or other times when alignment is key during a glue-up, vs. using them for strengthening. Thanks for the question. Dan

-- "Luck favors the prepared" Edna Mode in 'The Incredibles'

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