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Twin Tenon Arts and Crafts Dining Table

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 09-13-2012 at 12:20 AM 4066 views 42 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my Twin Tenon Arts and Crafts dining table. The design is my own, and it was inspired by the work of Kevin Rodel. The table is 74” long x 42” wide, and features breadboard ends with walnut accents. The visual focus of the table is the twin keyed tenons. One distinctive detail on the table is that the wedge shaped keys are mirror images. They actually intersect as they are driven in. I got the idea from an old Limbert table that used a wedge shaped key which extended to become a corbel as well. The long arched rails are connected with tertiary construction. In other words the rails do not connect to the legs (primary construction), or to the cross rails (secondary construction), but rather connect to the spindles (tertiary construction). For this reason I made the spindles 1-1/4” thick for a solid connection. The breadboard ends are mounted with 2” long tenons, and are secured with screws and slotted holes. The walnut buttons conceal the screws and add a decorative touch to the otherwise simple top. The cross rails attach to the legs with mortise and tenons, and are draw-bored with square walnut pegs.

Cheers

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush





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#1 posted 09-13-2012 at 12:37 AM

Great looking table. Love the hint of G & G you put in this as well. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-13-2012 at 12:41 AM

I knew that trip to the Gamble house would wreck me.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 09-13-2012 at 12:54 AM

Now that is a table! Looks fantastic. I love it.
Thanks for sharing.
I think I need some oak now… :)

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#4 posted 09-13-2012 at 02:01 AM

Beautiful table!

-- Efe Yaparoglu ,Izmir.... Not getting what u wished is a sign that there is something better behind.

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 at 02:43 AM

Looks great. Awesome job.

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#6 posted 09-13-2012 at 05:51 AM

that is really nice and study, beautiful QS oak. Are the legs 3 1/2 inches?

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#7 posted 09-13-2012 at 06:40 AM

That’s a great-looking table! How did you attach the breadboards?

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#8 posted 09-13-2012 at 06:59 AM

Great table. Love the design joinery aspects. Will you be making chairs or benches for it?

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#9 posted 09-13-2012 at 06:59 AM

Very nice one!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 09-13-2012 at 09:08 AM

Grfrazee,
The breadboard ends consist of a stopped mortise cut at the router table. Then I deepened sections of the mortise at the mortiser to accomodate the 2” tenons. The tenons were cut with a router and breadboard edgeguide.

Dustysawyer,
Luckily the chairs are already completed!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 09-13-2012 at 09:15 AM

Lanaug –
The legs are 3-7/8” square. They are glueups to show quartersawn grain on all four sides.
Thanks

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 09-13-2012 at 11:36 AM

looks great! nice job

what’s the finish?

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#13 posted 09-13-2012 at 01:32 PM

Interesting. Looks like you could drive a truck over it!

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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#14 posted 09-13-2012 at 02:01 PM

I’m also planning to make an A&C dining table this winter and had planned on a top of 42” by 72” to seat 6 in a 12’ by 12’ room…..but I was thinking to do a simple base with four legs at the table corners connected by 4” aprons to give all diners ample leg room…..does your base restrict leg room or become an issue when seated at the table ??

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pintodeluxe

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#15 posted 09-13-2012 at 03:48 PM

rlance,
I would recommend careful layout and planning of your table in the dining area it will be placed. For tables like mine, I always allow 46-48” between the legs so two chairs can fit between them. The chairs are 18” wide, so this allows plenty of room for seating. If your table will be much less than 74”, I might consider moving the legs to the corners of the table.
I also consider how far the table overhangs the frame on the ends. For tables like this, I like to have 10-12” overhang minimum.
Of all table types, 4 legs at the corners probably offers the most leg room. That style offers the weakest leg-to rail strength, but there are ways around that. That will work fine for a fixed table, but consider additional support if it is an extension table.
Tbone had a nice Stickley table like that http://lumberjocks.com/projects/31842

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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