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Amy's Table - Three years in the making

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Project by Tom O'Brien posted 05-01-2012 10:29 AM 1275 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Amy wanted a new table for her breakfast room, so we decided on this design from one of the woodworking magazines. We signed up for a night class at MacArthur High School, and bought a bunch of rough red oak and oak plywood. We did most of the machine work at the high school shop, then brought it back to my garage for final assembly. When assembly was complete, we took it to Amy’s garage, where her husband David did the final sanding and staining. Last weekend Amy put the finish on the table, and here it is! A few things happened while all this was going on: Grandson Ben started Kindergarden, then First Grade. Grandson Christopher was born (that’s his high chair on the left). Grandpa and Grandma traveled to Africa, then to the Panama Canal, then to India. I think this table is a beauty, and I’m sure it will last a generation or two!

The breadboard ends slide out to accept 8-inch leaves, but the leaves are not shown because they’re completed but not finished.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity





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#1 posted 05-01-2012 01:16 PM

Sounds like it has already lasted a ‘generation’. I can’t imagine pulling off a project like that… but it looks really great!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 04:32 PM

That is a beautiful table, and it was nice to hear more than one person involved in the building and finishing process.

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

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 06:53 PM

Wow. Looks like a lot of work.

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 10:44 AM

more pics please. Looks beautiful

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 11:52 PM

Thanks for the kind comments. I’ll add some more pictures soon.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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#6 posted 05-03-2012 12:00 AM

P.S. The shop teacher at MacArthur High School is a very kind and understanding gentleman named David Salinas. If you live near San Antonio, I recommend signing up for his class, which is free-form – he will help you select a plan or design your own project. One person, for example, made an electric guitar.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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#7 posted 05-11-2012 08:31 AM

Wow. Very nice work.

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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