New Dining Room Table

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Project by Grantman posted 240 days ago 1096 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started making a desk for my wife out of some curly maple I had but I was getting too much tear out and told her she would have to choose a different species for the desk. She said, “OK” but suggested that we get rid of the glass top on our dining room table and replace it with the maple. We’ve had the glass table for almost 30 years and I was glad to see it go.

I dyed it with some Trans Tint (darker than I wanted) sanded it back and finished it with BLO and poly. Four heavy coats of Minwax semi-gloss and then buffed with Micro Mesh pads to 6,000 grit. The grain certainly popped and the surface is as smooth as a new born baby’s tush. I found a bullnose router bit for the edges and made it with a tiny reveal at both the top and bottom edges.

This will be a temporary ‘fix’ until I make a completely new table complete with leaves to give us expansion room in the next year.

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Dave G

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#1 posted 240 days ago

I could stare at that grain all day! Nice temporary work. It’s not too dark in a picture.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#2 posted 240 days ago

Very nice table, great work, the grain is just awesome

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 240 days ago

Very beautiful.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 239 days ago

That’s some gorgeous wood. Nice job.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#5 posted 239 days ago

Love the way that grain looks, nicely done with the dye!

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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#6 posted 237 days ago

I was wondering could you tell me how thick the wood is and how tall the table is as well? I’m in the process of trying to design a table myself.



-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! -

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#7 posted 236 days ago

Mike, the table stands 29 1/2” off the floor and is just under 3/4” thick. I wanted it a full 3/4” but planing everything down took more off than I wanted. C’est la vie!

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