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Project by Grampa_Doodie posted 02-10-2012 09:31 PM 1165 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was probably my most challenging project to date. I learned so much while building this table. Once I complete my 10 Kevin Rodel Side Chairs, I’ll go back to the shop to make a couple leafs for this table.

Solid cherry and 3/4” birch plywood make up this really fun project. The top has 28 coats on it. Everything from stain, shellac, and rub on poly. The end piece design reflects the chair backs on my future kitchen and dining room chairs.

The four legs were made of laminated 3/4” MDF wrapped with thin strips of solid cherry.

I made this table with the help of plans I purchased from Fine Woodworking. If you decide to build this table, make sure you check all dimensions. I believe I found some mistakes. I’ll post back with those corrections some day in the near future.

Dale.

-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.





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JohnMeeley

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 09:43 PM

Looks like you did a great job on all 28 coats. Nice finish.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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doncutlip

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#2 posted 02-10-2012 10:09 PM

28? wow what patience. great looking table.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Grampa_Doodie

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#3 posted 02-10-2012 11:01 PM

Thanks guys. This was my very first project using rub-on finishes. I think I might be a convert. Very, very nice to work with. I put each coat on with a balled up cotton t-shirt. It turned out so much nicer than when I use a brush or even my HVLP sprayer.

-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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Martyroc

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 03:48 AM

28 coats, your the man! I thought I was nuts when I did 16 coats on my wall unit, but it functions as a pretty descent mirror as well.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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ShaneA

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#5 posted 02-11-2012 03:54 AM

Looks great. Shiny. Welcome to LJs…are those all cook books on the shelves? If so, quite a collection.

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 12-26-2012 07:14 PM

Dale,
Great project. I like how you echoed the details from the Rodel chair in the dining table.
Dining tables, especially extension tables, can be a great challenge.
You did it right!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Grampa_Doodie

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#7 posted 12-26-2012 07:23 PM

ShaneA…thanks, and yes, those are all cookbooks. 585 of out of the 900+ that my wife has collected over the years. I also built that bookcase just for her.

Pintodeluxe…thanks for the nice comment as well.

Gramps.

-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 12-26-2012 07:57 PM

That’s one great table Dale,extra nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Grampa_Doodie

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#9 posted 05-06-2013 06:27 PM

Thanks Jim…sorry for getting back to you so late. Been busy in the shop.

People sometimes ask me why I did 28 coats. My answer? Because I just couldn’t talk myself into doing 29!! :)

Dale.

-- If at first you don't succeed...DO NOT try skydiving.

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