Benchwright Dining Table

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Project by vbquick1 posted 12-28-2013 12:57 PM 5022 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 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.

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#1 posted 12-28-2013 01:31 PM

Looks Good ,Great story. Must be very heavy

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#2 posted 12-28-2013 01:42 PM

Great table, Love the angle on the legs reall nice.

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

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#3 posted 12-28-2013 02:01 PM

Very nice! looking at making something similar myself.

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#4 posted 12-28-2013 02:05 PM

Looks nice and sturdy

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 02:29 PM


Great to hear you’ve got a local group to help.

Fine work for a first major project.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#6 posted 12-28-2013 03:47 PM

beautiful table,great work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 12-28-2013 08:30 PM

Great job sir. Nice looking table.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-29-2013 12:58 AM

Two inch thick, clear grain Douglas fir 8 feet long. Man what a find. I have a huge appreciation of this beautiful wood I’m from the west coast of Canada where it is grown and used extensively in home construction. It is extremely dense. almost a hardwood and very strong. Very resistant to decay and heavy as I’m sure you’ve found out. Beautiful table, how I envy. I would be proud to have this in my home. Did you make the chairs as well.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#9 posted 12-29-2013 01:28 AM

Great looking project – congrats!

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#10 posted 12-29-2013 02:09 AM

Thanks for all the kind words, I did not make the chairs, they are from my old dining set. Looking forward to many more projects. This site is my favorite resource for woodworking info.

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#11 posted 12-29-2013 02:29 AM

Sweet! That is one big and beautiful Table!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 12-29-2013 01:43 PM

You did a great job. Nice score on the reclaimed wood and back story. I like the extensions. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 12-30-2013 03:18 PM

It’s a like for me! Nice looking, well built and great use of reclaimed wood.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#14 posted 12-30-2013 06:57 PM

Beautiful table!

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#15 posted 07-09-2014 12:41 PM

I finally finished welding up the hardware for the table. I don’t like to weld in the woodshop, so I had to wait until summer to do the hardware portion of the project. I added additional pics to show off the hardware. It is 1 1/8 in nuts and bolts, with 1 in black pipe. I had to go big, big table, big hardware!

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