Sue's New Red Oak Kitchen Table

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Project by FJPetruso posted 199 days ago 655 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had a nice kitchen table with those ceramic tiles that were bordered by an oak frame for a top. Over the years a couple of the tiles were cracked from dropping pots & such on the top. It was time for it to go. The legs of the old table were nice heavy oak that were well worth saving. The apron of the table was made of that MDF stuff laminated over with oak veneer. Sooo the top & the aprons were scrapped & some nice Red Oak was acquired to make the new top & aprons. The aprons were made with a nice 1/8” bead along the bottom edge & I made new corner braces / brackets to join the aprons & table legs together. The aprons had two cross braces installed with pocket screws. I milled three planks for the top to just over 3/4” thick & edge glued / biscuit joined two 10” wide planks to a 14” center plank. I chose to highlight the planks with a slight “V” groove along the glue line & screwed but not glued three battens to the underside of the top to help prevent warping but still allow for wood movement. The edge of the table was also treated with a 1/8” bead around the top & bottom edges. 16 of those little “figure 8” desk top fasteners were used to attach the tip to the apron. All of the new oak was finished with a red oak stain & Arm r Seal. And the legs, that had an original finish of golden oak, were only scuffed with a scotch bright pad & given a thin coat of red oak color “gel stain” & a top coat of Arm r Seal. The match came out surprisingly well.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 199 days ago

I’m a huge fan of oak and your table is a good example of why. Nice job, thanks for sharing

-- Dick, Ohio

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#2 posted 199 days ago

Very nice job

-- 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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#3 posted 199 days ago

The reuse the old table legs was a good idea and you have and create a very nice looking new table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 195 days ago

It came out really beautiful and sturdy, like the stain and finish. It will last for more years for the family to enjoy.

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