Maloof-inspired Dining Table

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Project by rdwile posted 09-24-2013 02:21 PM 2141 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is built from Scott Morrison’s plans and uses an ingenious design to join the legs together. The centre post has a groove on all four sides and the legs have a tenon which fits into the groove. A cove routed into the post’s corners provide a continuous joint which looks like the wood has grown together. Once glued up it is a monolithic design which is very strong yet elegant in looks. Maloof is said to have been inspired by tree roots in his original design of this table.

I have posted a few pics of the work in progress on the table above. there are more on my blog.

I am also building a pair of low-back dining chairs from the same flitch of walnut as the table – they should be done in a few weeks. There are some work in progress shots on my blog.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 02:59 PM

Very nice work Richard

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 03:10 PM

Fantastic joinery work.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 04:42 PM

Wow a real beauty! love the shape if the legs such nice flow.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 07:15 PM

Excellent looking table.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 07:46 PM

beautiful table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 07:47 PM

nice table

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 09:18 PM

Very nice table, but I want to know who made that plane!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 09:57 PM

Very nice build. What type of finish did you use?

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 10:58 PM

Richard, The two planes (shoulder and panel) in these pictures were made for me by Konrad Sauer, they are both a dream to use and have Brazilian Rosewood infill.

Steve, The finish is 7-8 coats of Deft Danish Oil which provides a nice oil-like but durable finish that is foolproof, even for me.

Thanks folks for the kind words, I am pretty stoked about how this turned out.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 11:59 PM

Wow … beautiful table and design…love the legs they look great. Excellent job.

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

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#11 posted 09-25-2013 01:13 AM

Great looking table. I am working on the side table now and I am amazed at the detail sanding involved, though a good portion of that is fixing a few minor mistakes I made. Looks great.

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#12 posted 09-26-2013 01:09 AM

Amazing looking table .

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