This is my first lumberjock project post and my first large woodworking project. I have a background in carpentry, but two years ago, after having children, I decided that I need to pick a hobby that keeps me closer to home. I joined the Woodworkers Guild of Delaware and began picking up tools here and there off of craigslist as my budget allowed. The Guild has been unbelievably helpful. The members are extremely helpful and willing to do whatever they can to help. I am astounded by the tremendous amount of knowledge and experience in this group.
This table was based off of the Benchwright table that is produced by Pottery Barn. We wanted a large table in the Benchwright style and after looking at the size of the Pottery Barn table and price, I decided to attempt to build one. I met a local guy that had been involved in the deconstruction of a portion of a historic building in Newark, Delaware. The building was constructed in 1884 and was partially deconstructed after being purchased by the University of Delaware. I was able to purchase the douglas fir to construct the top from him. It appeared that the wood was the original floor joists from the building. My wife and I both attended the U of D so this made the build more meaningful. The base was constructed using standard 2×6 lumber that was glued and run through the planer and jointer. The joints are mortise and tenon. The slides are constructed of hard maple. I will most likely add a bit of steel work underneath (for decorative purposes..ie. an angled crossbrace), however at this point I just wanted to get it in the house and use it for the holidays. It measures 48×96 without the leaves and 48×120 with the leaves installed. I used jacobean minwax finish with thinner added, and sealed it with General finishes High Performance water based topcoat. Hope you guys like it.