Purpleheart Trestle Dining Table

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Project by Harvey38 posted 06-08-2013 12:33 PM 3251 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A new dining table for our lodge that will seat 10 easily and 12 if needed. All lumber was rough sawn and smoothed by belt and hand sanders. I have always liked the look of wood plugs so all screws have a contrasting color plug. The top is two slabs 5/4×24” x 11’, the ends 5/4” x 36” x 28” with 2 1/2” top and bottom and the horizontal rail is 2 1/2” x 9’. Finish is a 2 part epoxy called Sur made in Costa Rica. You know how one project always leads into another? Now I need chairs to match.
Thanks for viewing. Pura Vida

-- Harvey, Costa Rica,

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#1 posted 06-08-2013 12:41 PM

nice job! really looks great!

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 01:51 PM

Very beautiful.

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#3 posted 06-08-2013 01:56 PM

This is a beautiful piece. The size and finish definitely make this an eye catcher.

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#4 posted 06-08-2013 02:32 PM

Very nice work harvey

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#5 posted 06-08-2013 03:27 PM

That is one fine looking piece of furniture.

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#6 posted 06-08-2013 04:08 PM

Nice job Harvey, looks great….the finish is excellent, well done.

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#7 posted 06-08-2013 10:06 PM

Lookin’ great! Is purpleheart native to costa rica?

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 10:40 PM

Thank you everyone for your comments. This is one of the most rewarding projects i have ever done. More a matter of simple labor than of technique. Having fantastic wood to work with helps.
It is rainy season here now so I have 5 months to build the chairs before the next tourist season. Many thanks for the great ideas and inspiration from the Lumberjocks.
Yes Richard, purpleheart is native to Costa Rica.

-- Harvey, Costa Rica,

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#9 posted 06-09-2013 12:02 AM

That’s beautiful!!
And being purpleheart, I bet it weighs 3.2 billion lbs lol!

Seriously, that table belongs in the grand hall of an exquisite castle.

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#10 posted 06-09-2013 05:14 AM

Maple for your chairs.. the golden look of the Maple would be outstanding with added inlay of the Purple heart.. IF you can get Maple.

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#11 posted 06-10-2013 05:06 AM

Beautiful table! Great work.

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#12 posted 06-11-2013 04:27 AM

Beautiful trestle table, Harvey!

Next time I’m in Costa Rica, I’ll have to see it in person! Looking forward to your chairs!

Pura Vida!

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#13 posted 09-23-2013 07:49 AM

Good looking piece.A dining table should be at a comfortable height with chairs which fit easily underneath and they should be convenient to use, reliable and sturdy and also good looking.You need to choose a table carefully as it should accommodate all your guests, be visually appealing and also feels comfortable.

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