Anchor-Beam Table

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Project by LightfootLtd posted 06-15-2012 03:21 PM 4349 views 16 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anchor-Beam Table: This piece features a pedestal base built to resemble the magnificent anchor-beams found in the early Dutch barns of Pennsylvania. Designed to withstand the significant spreading forces placed on them by the enormous roof, the fully housed mortise and tenon combine time tested functionality with the elegance of true all wood joinery. Built from Local beetle kill pine, this base is stained in a dark walnut to bring out the grain, and to provide contrast to the thick cherry top. Natural Watco Danish Oil was applied to the surface of the top in order to bring out its rich color and to give depth to its texture. This was followed by several coats of a clear hard wax to prevent water staining.


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#1 posted 06-15-2012 03:28 PM

You should post some close ups of the m&t joints. Looks very well done.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-15-2012 04:35 PM

Post and beam construction is my favorite type. This is an excellent application of the art!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 06-15-2012 06:30 PM

Damn that’s a nice table. Well-balanced design and excellent craftsmanship. I love it.

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 06:34 PM

Very nice! Being new to woodworking but having inherited quite a bit of tools, I am interested in doing a similar table. I am wondering about expansion, how do you account for it when doing a picture frame border/perimeter as shown?

-- Brian

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 11:05 PM

Fantastic looking table! Can tell just from the pics I can tell it’ll stand the test of time!

-- Ben from IL

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 11:54 PM

Beautiful. I particularly like the pedestal style. Very well done!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 06-16-2012 09:53 AM

Thats one nice table.

-- arnies

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#8 posted 06-16-2012 11:15 AM

Really like the style and design. Am I right in thinking the pegs had to be installed before one of the stiles were attached?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#9 posted 06-16-2012 11:45 AM

Great looking table, really nice work.
I too, like Swyftfeet above, would be interested in how you handle wood expansion in the top? Also, how did you fasten the trim?, dowels?, biscuits?, M & T?
Hope you don’t mind, but I may have to copy the anchor beam base design, as I would like to build a table like this.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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