Olive this Pub Table & Chairs

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Project by Michael posted 07-19-2013 12:17 PM 4070 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Pub Table is based on a Charles Limbert designed coffee table. Similar plans are in Fine Woodworking (Nov/Dec 2010) and American Woodworker (Sept 2003). The top of the table is a slab of a very old Olive tree with the natural edge. The legs are Boire. The shelf and the stretchers under it are Moabi; these stretchers also serve as a wine rack and hold four bottles of wine.

The chairs are the design of Greg Wood from Woodworker’s Journal (Apr 2011) and here. The seats are Moabi, all of the other chair parts are Boire. I didn’t vary much from the original design. I was a little concerned about the stability of the long legs without stretchers connecting them, but I had faith in Greg’s design and adding stretchers would have really changed the look of the chairs. The joinery is strong, the chairs are sturdy, and there is no wobble at all.

I scooped the seats on the table saw with a jig shown by Mario Rodriguez in Popular Woodworking (Aug 2013) and on YouTube. This jig worked well.

I used a Woodhaven Planing Sled while making the seat blanks. It worked great, I will be using it again for sure.

The finish is teak oil. It took more than 90 hours in the shop to make the table and chairs from rough cut lumber. I’ve got to find a way to work more efficiently (quicker), but olive the results.

-- ~Michael,

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 12:29 PM

Great job, Elwood. That’s a beautiful set!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 12:39 PM

Elwood, this is a great piece! Well done, and well worth the time you invested as it rocks…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 07-19-2013 01:22 PM

A great job, love the craftsmanship and techniques you used. Thanks for posting in such great detail. This is a great looking set of table & chairs!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 01:43 PM

Amazed to find such a big olive tree with its trunk still intact. Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 08:50 PM

A very fine looking table and chair. I like how you adapted the Limbert coffee table and the wine bottle holders a re a nice touch. The Olive wood top looks great as well as do the chairs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 07-19-2013 09:33 PM

Thats a lot of work and planning. Great job!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 07-19-2013 09:35 PM

Amazing set! Love the design!

-- christopheralan

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#8 posted 07-19-2013 09:37 PM

looks real cool.

your shop pictures looks too clean though ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 07-20-2013 11:00 AM

Very nice…I like the table…very nice build.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 07-22-2013 04:07 PM

I like your design. Don’t even need to get up to get another bottle. That’s ingenious.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 07-23-2013 01:32 AM

Beautiful work! They look fantastic!

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#12 posted 07-23-2013 02:27 PM

Wonderful table and chairs! Great design and execution. Like the dual functionality of the table and it’s gorgeous live edge top. Impressive work!

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