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Project by dsz123 posted 707 days ago 3938 views 19 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live in a one-bedroom apartment, which doesn’t work out so well for woodworking. Fortunately, I have some very generous friends who offered me some space in their basement (they live about 6 blocks away) where I could have a shop. As a start to offering them something in return, I built them a dining room table and bench.

They picked out some designs they liked, and I drew up plans.

The table top is solid, laminated from a number of boards all sawn down to 3” widths. The legs are box construction from dimensional lumber, and the stretchers mortised/lapped in. Bench is similarly constructed.

A more detailed writeup (and a few more pics) is posted here.





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thecarpentershands

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#1 posted 707 days ago

Very nice! Walnut is a very beautiful wood especially for a project like this. Well done. I may make my brother a coffee table and i may borrow the idea of the legs and top. God bless!

-- Brian M. Sharpe - http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCarpentersHands

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MonteCristo

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#2 posted 707 days ago

Very modern looking design. What was the strategy behind sawing all the top boards to 3” ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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dsz123

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#3 posted 707 days ago

The wider boards I had for the tabletop were of different widths, so I sawed them into 3” wide strips to give a more uniform appearance. I think it also helps hide the grain mismatches between boards.

The bench top is made of just two boards, and the grain matched pretty well, so I opted to leave those complete.

Not convinced it made a huge difference either way, but that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it :-)

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ZED

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#4 posted 707 days ago

Beautiful table, great design and well constructted. I like the way you made the legs. Your frinds are going to have many fond memories at this table.

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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Robb

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#5 posted 706 days ago

Very nice! I bet your friends are glad they are hosting your shop!

-- Robb

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AaronK

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#6 posted 706 days ago

nice design, very clean and shows off the wood nicely.

i also like those little number stamps you have for keeping track of pieces. what do you use for that?

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bowtie

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#7 posted 706 days ago

great loking table, a very generous gift to your friends they can always enjoy.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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JoeRPhilly

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#8 posted 706 days ago

that’s a beautiful set, great job! A nice trade for the shop space. I like the pics you took as well, really shows how it all goes together

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leterrierdupassant

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#9 posted 706 days ago

Great table very I absolutely love the box legs design! :)

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MagGeorge

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#10 posted 706 days ago

I see a win-win situation! Excellent dining set.

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#11 posted 704 days ago

Nicely done, great choice of material! Walnut is my favorite!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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Jersy

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#12 posted 700 days ago

Awesome table! If I show this to my wife she’ll want one which means I get to get more tools! Thanks!

-- Jersy

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WRAAdesign

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#13 posted 623 days ago

Very impressive! Timeless lines and wood selection.

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/WRAAdesign/142679579165522

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Mike's Now in Chi Town

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#14 posted 621 days ago

Blog was great with more detailed pictures and description.

What was finished dimensions of table, I’m assuming width was 48” but what was length?

Did you glue up legs with the notches already cut out?

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Mike's Now in Chi Town

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#15 posted 621 days ago

how many board feet did you use, assuming 4/4…

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