|Project by bfd||posted 11-12-2012 05:16 AM||1996 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
This table was my latest commision for a repeat client. The client saw a similar table while traveling and loved the overall look of the table but the size was too large for her space. She commisioned me to build her a similar style table but needed to change the size to suit her space. She needed something that would expand when necessary. The table measures 30”d x 40”w x 28”h. There are (2) 15” leaves so that the table can grow to 55” or 70”. The lower height was a request from the client as her existing chairs sit lower than a typical dining chair. I veneered the top so that when all leaves are in the grain is continuous. I purchased the maple table slides. The client wanted the solid legs to have a lot of grain and character so I was lucky and found two very nice pieces of 8/4 Missouri Walnut.
Although the legs look they are a simple miter I had to come up with a way to reinforce the miter. My solution was to first cut off a 1/8” slice and then resaw the 8/4 lumber into (2) 5/8” thick pieces keeping everything in order. I then dovetailed the inner half of each leg and the top. Once I glued them up I then glued back the outer halves mitering them where the leg meets the top creating a waterfall edge where the grain is continuous. Finally I glued on the 1/8” slice mitering the corners and slightly rounded over the edge to conceal the glue line. The result looks like the top and 2 legs are all one piece and are simply mitered totally concealing the dovetails. The table will be shipped to the east coast so the table was designed to be flat packed. A removable 5th leg was needed when the table is fully extended.
Material: Top is Walnut veneer, Legs are solid Walnut.
Finish: Tung Oil followed by 4 coats Water Borne Urathane Sprayed.
Here are a few additional photos showing the progress.