Cherry Dining Table

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Project by dvail12 posted 03-29-2014 04:17 PM 1267 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Big Family, big kitchen table. Curly Cherry from Western Pennsylvania. Only the top is glued, base is M&T w/cherry pegs, stretcher M&T with Tapered Mortise and contrasting walnut wedges. Fun project, and Paul Bunyan heavy.

-- Dvail12

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#1 posted 03-29-2014 04:22 PM

Wow!. This piece is very impressive. You’ve done a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 03-29-2014 06:39 PM

Beautiful. Please describe how you finished it and how you got that amazing color.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#3 posted 03-29-2014 06:42 PM

I am a big fan of figured wood. You have provided great honor to this fine lumber.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#4 posted 03-29-2014 06:44 PM

Great looking table – the color and grain are fantastic!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 03-29-2014 06:54 PM

Big Table, (looks to seat 10 people?) it is Very impressive, Beautiful Cherry, great design and workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 06:57 PM

beautiful table! Looks solid for sure

-- Greg Simon

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 07:53 PM

Very nice job

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 09:12 PM

Nice job, when is dinner?
I need one that size as we have 10 people for a meal and that one looks big enough to handle that.

I like the grain pattern and the finish of the table top.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 11:53 PM

Amazing finish… I would love to hear what you used to get the color so even while also getting the grain to pop.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 11:55 PM

you do great work

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#11 posted 03-30-2014 12:27 AM

Beautiful, Excellent!

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 01:18 AM

Very beautiful work

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

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#13 posted 03-30-2014 04:38 AM

Really beautiful!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 03-31-2014 01:40 PM

The color of this table is mostly a gift of nature and bright sunlight. The finish is Mylands Danish Oil. There are easier finishes to apply. This finish is a little tricky. Applied thinly as recommended it dries quickly on a large project such as this. You can apply like French Polish, but can leave streaks if you are stingy with the oil.

I applied generously and wiped off excess as quickly as possible while moving down the table. The critical step is done between coats. I cheated the first couple of coats. I carefully unfolded 0000 steel wool pads and refolded to the size of my variable speed orbital sander. On the lowest speed this really sped up the process. The final two applications were done by hand. The finish is smooth as a baby’s, well you know. I expect the color will continue to darken as time goes by.

I think part of the Pop comes from the early preparation. Again I cheated a little. The total width is too wide for a sanding machine. So I joined two pieces and brought all to a local shop that will run through their sander for me. I then joined the third piece at my shop and flattened and trued the top with my hand jointer plane. Then an orbital sander to remove any marks left by the plane, There weren’t many but none is good. Then I sharpened and put a new burr on a hand scraper. This is what I have found makes the grain “pop”. This was a lot of work. If there is a better way I am all ears and would like recommendations from more experienced hands if you have them. The recommendations, not the hands.

My experience with large pieces and small is that flat tops like to move even if you carefully orient the grain to minimize the effects of migrating moisture. I did my best to minimize by slotting the end aprons and hand fashioning iron angle clips and screwed to the bottom of the top, three to an end. This should help prevent cupping while permitting movement.

An interesting note. I have an antique table from Bali. I believe the wood to be a variety of teak. The top is one piece of wood from a massive tree, a 41’ top. The aprons on this table are 10’ deep and a full inch thick. I suspect the thicker and wider one piece top requires a stronger opposing force. The workmanship is a bit crude by western standards, but the technology was sound. M&T’s done by hand and pegged. Lovely.

Perhaps one day I can move to Bali, live in a hut and make pieces by hand. Hope the fishing is good.

-- Dvail12

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