book-matched elm slab with keyed dovetails

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Project by phil colleran posted 07-28-2008 10:19 PM 3602 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A large table for a thanksgiving dinner in the country that has yet to occur.
Dedicated to Michael Johnson (a Mount Carroll, Illinois forester and saw mill owner) for his kind advice on tapered dove-tail keys (whew!).


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#1 posted 07-28-2008 10:20 PM

Nice liiking slab. Great job on the dutchmans.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 07-28-2008 11:40 PM

Wow, the grain pattern looks like an x-ray. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 07-28-2008 11:57 PM

I don’t know how to say this, but this table looks almost erotic. I would probably fail any Rorschach test.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#4 posted 07-29-2008 02:59 AM

Nice looking table. Beautiful grain pattern.

-- Steve-o

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#5 posted 07-29-2008 03:48 AM

Beautiful piece of wood…. What did you use for the finish?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Daren Nelson

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#6 posted 07-29-2008 04:38 AM

Good man for contacting a forester ! (awesome table by the way) I know guys in your neck of the woods. A “horse logger” by the name of Mike Dorsch. What a clash of worlds that would be given your profession and his ?

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#7 posted 07-29-2008 06:10 AM

That is a beautiful slab and the dovetail keys add a nice touch

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#8 posted 07-29-2008 07:15 AM

Nice looking table.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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phil colleran

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#9 posted 07-29-2008 06:29 PM

Dear fellow woodworkers,
Many thanks for the kind words on my table.
I brought it to my barn and left it there in the cold and heat six months ago. Coated it with poly. So far no appreciable movement. I haven’t attached it to the bases yet (three old cast iron pedestals) but I’ll probably just elongate the holes in the tops of the bases for same. Any ideas would be appreciated. I’m trying to avoid any increase in height as the base heights are fixed.


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David LaBolle

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#10 posted 03-28-2011 01:04 PM

That is an awesome looking table. I’ve never seen the technique of doing an edge-grain joint tied together with dovetail keys. I dig it. I expect to try your method on a future project.

Thanks for sharing.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#11 posted 03-28-2011 01:09 PM

Love the table top. Beautiful. Where can I learn more about the dovetail key technique you used?

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