|Project by KnotCurser||posted 06-08-2013 10:32 PM||5135 views||16 times favorited||14 comments|
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!
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