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Project by spunwood posted 07-22-2012 06:25 PM 2599 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a poplar table finished with a variation of Maloof’s formula. I may still put some wax on it.

I wanted to make the legs through tenons in the table top, but ended up doing a standard apron with table top fastners. I got alot of good help and suggestions here.

I wonder what yall think about doing through tenons with no apron. Do you think it would be too wobbly?

Thanks,
Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν





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GaryL

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 06:40 PM

Now that is a beast of a table. I see you put a sliding dovetail for your battens. Nice touch.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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Dan Krager

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 07:32 PM

That’s one HEAVY, dude.
Is it an optical illusion or are the battens proud of the surface? Beer tippers?
As thick as the top is, through tenons would be quite rigid. The legs look heavy enough that you could easily do twin through tenons like some workbenches. If you do a single swaged tenon, then be sure to orient your wedges cross grain of the top so the tension is against end grain in the top else you will split the top. I assume you would still use the battens? In that case they would be more than decoration and probably should be thicker.
Nice work and good documentation of the process.
Dan

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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Dan Krager

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#3 posted 07-22-2012 07:33 PM

You gonna put a vise on it? :)

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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HalDougherty

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#4 posted 07-22-2012 09:41 PM

Very nice table. I like the sliding dovetails a lot. Did you taper them from end to end so the batton slides in easily?

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Roger

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#5 posted 07-22-2012 10:46 PM

I know this dude is very stout… Really nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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devann

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#6 posted 07-22-2012 10:56 PM

That’s one cool looking table Brandon, well done!

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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BentheViking

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#7 posted 07-23-2012 01:27 AM

i like this one quite a bit

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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489tad

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#8 posted 07-23-2012 01:40 AM

Brandon nice job. I’ve always wanted to do a table with the top champhered like you have it. IMO, the apron is the way to go with a table that will get a lot of use.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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spunwood

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#9 posted 07-23-2012 01:46 AM

Thanks so much guys.

Gary—Thanks man. That and the chamfered ends are my favorite deatails

Dan—They are proud of the surface by about 3/8”-1/2”. I would have made them quite deeper…I just used the biggest dovetail bit I owned.

Hal—I wish had tapered them. Prior to the finish, they went in tight but smooth. After, it was quite a pain in the butt and I would definitely recommend tapering to someone who did this.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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TimWood

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#10 posted 07-23-2012 11:21 AM

Beautiful table….nice design….I like the battens standing proud just a little…but me thinks you may get frustrated and eventually make them flush.

-- Tim Harrelson

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