Mission Oak table with slate inlay

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Project by restowood posted 03-26-2008 04:24 AM 2123 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first project. It was my first experience with the mortising machine which I love you use. All together about $50 dollars for a real oak table, while my wife wanted to pay $240 for a veneer table that was the same thing. I am guilty of saying “I could build one alot cheaper than that”. She loves it and I am pretty proud of it myself for the first project.

-- "Nature provides us with the most beautiful things in this world"

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#1 posted 03-26-2008 04:44 AM

As well you should be. Very nice. Thanks for posting it.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#2 posted 03-26-2008 05:55 AM

Wow, that’s an awesome first project. I would like to do a tiled inlay like that some day on a dinner table. is there anything in particular you need to look out for? I’m wondering specifically about the substrate for the tiles and if there is a special grout to account for wood movement.

-- Disappointment is an empty box full of expectation.

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#3 posted 03-26-2008 06:01 AM

That’s great for a first timer. The top is nice!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-26-2008 06:20 AM

jsheaney, I debated about this for quite sometime. Doing hardwood flooring I know all to well how much wood can move. I took precautions as follows. I finished all the wood prior to doing anything with the tile. I thought about putting in some type of metal flashing between the grout and the wood but I figured that finishing the wood that would be touching the grout would be good enough. I have to note that on this project I used 2 coats of a 2 part commercial waterbased poly floor finish. On the headboard I made I used Watco Danish oil and wax, I don’t know how the watco and wax finish would protect from the moisture in the grout. I think if I do this again I will use wood as the “grout” lines and either just let the tiles sit in the top or possibly glue them in place but not grout them. I don’t feel right about giving hardcore advice on this since I’m so green but it seemed to work good doing it the way that I did it. If you look on page 6? of the projects somebody did a dining table that has tile he may be able to give some better advice. Thanks for the compliments

-- "Nature provides us with the most beautiful things in this world"

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#5 posted 03-26-2008 06:49 AM

Beautiful! Man, if you do work like this when you are “green”, there will be some amazing postings in our future from your projects.
I don’t think you will have much trouble with the wood moving.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 03-26-2008 01:31 PM

You have every right to be proud of yourself. This is a beautiful table. You did a good job on the construction and tile inlay.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-26-2008 03:48 PM

Wow, that is impressive for a “beginner”!

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

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 06:43 PM

Very nice. I’d say the same if you were not a beginner, too. Love the tiles.

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