|Project by BillG||posted 01-02-2014 06:34 PM||1004 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
My son and his fiance’ were in need of a dinning room table. This gave me the opportunity to build them one for their Christmas present. Their taste runs on the contemporary side. We discussed the design and the wood and created a design that was what they wanted.
The shaping of the top was a combination of a large arc and an extreme 60 degree bevel along the sides. The ends are a straight with a 30 degree bevel. The top measures 39” wide by 65” inches long and was made from 5/4 quarter sawn mahogany. The legs are 2 3/8” square, tapering on two sides to 1 1/2”. They are removable, using 1/2” hangar bolts to secure them to the table. The aprons are 4 1/2” tall and arch up in the middle. The corner cleats are hard maple, secured with 10 screws and adhesive to give a strong corner to clamp the legs into.
After sanding, I finished the entire table with a yellow water based stain followed by rubbing a filler on the top and then applied a medium brown oil stain over everything. This was followed by four coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer. The top was rubbed out flat to a satin luster. I also made what I call traveling legs which I made from left over chunks from some newell posts off of another job (4” sq. X 6” long). They screw into the leg sockets and allow the table to sit in the back of my truck and not rest on the aprons directly. These can be kept to use when the table needs to be moved in the future. I made a table pad for them from 1/2” homosote to protect the top during every day use. They can uncover the top and use some fancy place mats for special occasions.
They really liked.
-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA