|Project by Kade Knight||posted 11-22-2013 03:08 AM||1237 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This expanding dining table is made from alder with curly maple inlay. My client needed a very specific size of table for an awkwardly small dining area in her old home. She wanted the wood to match her cabinetry, which was alder. I added the curly maple inlay to match her blonde granite counters, which I think looked rather nice.
This was my first large piece of furniture I have made and a first of many things. It was my first time creating mortise and tenon joints for the legs and aprons and my first time tapering legs. I only have a 10” jointer/ planer, so I obviously couldn’t machine the joined panels for the table top. So I bought a Stanley hand plane from a local antique store, refurbished it, tuned it, and spent many hours making shavings. I have to say alder is a great wood to learn how to hand plane on. I could never have completed this project without all the great advice and ideas taken from so many members on this site. Thanks everyone!