Oak table for breakfast nook

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Project by DonDA posted 06-23-2012 01:08 PM 1574 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the oak table I made for my daughter as part of a breakfast nook. Now I will move on to making 2 benches to complement the table. This was my first attempt at a table with breadboard ends. I worked slowly to get the end board mortices to fit just right. As others have taught me -”sneak up on it”. I decided to use through hole cherry pegs on the end boards and cherry tressle stakes as accents. The finish is one coat of dewaxed shellac and six coats of wipe-on arm-r-seal urethane.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#1 posted 06-23-2012 02:37 PM

That’s one of the nicest oak tables I’ve seen. Very impressive and the joints look great. It doesn’t look like a first attempt. I bet your daughter will love it. Quality furniture has a lifespan much longer than the memory of who made it and who they made it for. When I make something for a family member, I put a brass plaque on it with who it’s for, the reason for the gift, the date, and my name as the maker. Most of the time I put on two plaques. One exposed with the owners info and my makers plaque attached to the bottom or rear of the item. Like this bench I made for my Aunt’s 55th wedding anniversary. Then over the years as it’s passed down through the family, everyone who gets it will know where it came from and who made it. It turns a nice gift into a multi-generation heirloom.

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-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 10:58 PM

nice table.. well done

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 01:34 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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