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8 Foot Long Farm-House Style Table and Benches

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Project by KnotCurser posted 06-08-2013 10:32 PM 2519 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was built for my Sister’s Family.

They wanted a farm-house style table for quite a while now, but the prices of them at their local stores were astronomical. A couple of months ago I felt like getting into a larger project so I offered to build them one.

Every piece of lumber used on this project started out as standard “construction grade” 2×3/4/6/8’s and 4×4’s. I had to put together my extra long planer sled to be able to plane down these eight foot long pieces into nicer looking stock.

Overall, the table measures 8 feet long and 37 inches wide – the benches are 15 inches wide and 6 1/2 feet long.

The table went together in around five days and uses a combination of biscuits to hold the top together, pocket screw joinery for the apron and mortise and tenon joinery for the leg sections.

Pic 4 shows that necessity IS the mother of invention when you need to be able to clamp bread-boards at the end of an eight foot table! :-)

The benches took another week and used mostly pocket screws.

Add yet another week for finishing and final touches.

I needed to get these dark and even the “espresso” stain wouldn’t quite cut it, so I put down a base coat of dark gray/brown latex paint first. Then came the stain after roughing up some areas. Then came two coats of lacquer. Then four of fives coats of paste wax.

LOTS of work, but I love the results – and more importantly, so does my Sister and her Family!

Enjoy!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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robinus

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#1 posted 06-08-2013 10:41 PM

Great job

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SPalm

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 11:34 PM

Nice.
Wow, I am not sure I could work on that in my shop. It’s huge!

You done yourself proud Bob,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 06-09-2013 01:01 AM

Good job. I agree that finishing often ends up as the biggest challenge of a project. Hang in there.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 06-09-2013 01:06 AM

Good job Bob

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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bowtie

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#5 posted 06-09-2013 02:14 AM

great looking table and benches, should last them a lifetime.

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

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Roger

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#6 posted 06-09-2013 11:41 AM

Bring on the turkey…

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

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#7 posted 06-09-2013 12:10 PM

great table,nice work…

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 06-09-2013 12:49 PM

Nice looking table. It should serve you well.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 06-09-2013 12:51 PM

Well done, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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MadeinMT

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#10 posted 06-09-2013 02:16 PM

Beautiful. I love simple looking furniture. Less is more.

-- Ron, Montana

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Shadoglare

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#11 posted 06-09-2013 06:30 PM

Came out very nice. I’m thinking the planer must have been a big help – I’ve been working on a similar project, also using “construction” wood, for several months now and the warping has had me repeatedly pulling my hair out.

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scrollingmom

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#12 posted 06-10-2013 01:02 AM

Very nice. Very interesting that you painted first and then stained. Have never tried that hope I remember it when I need to try it. I’m sure that your sister is very proud of the table, I would be.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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Fishinbo

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#13 posted 06-11-2013 06:53 PM

One great looking, huge and solid table. Like the stain and finish which match the whole house. Lucky sister!

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