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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 04-07-2010 01:39 AM 1111 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2010 01:39 AM

Hi Everyone,

So I have been puttering around with small projects for the most part. However, with the purchase of my new house, my fiancee and I have been looking at formal dining room tables. So here is the curse, every table I see at the stores I am thinking to myself. “Why would I spend that much, hell I can just make it”

So I am now thinking of undertaking making a dining room table, complete with extra leaf. However never undertaking a project that large, I am hoping to get some advice from those LJ’s who have done it or something similar.

What am I getting myself into? Any advice, tips.

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 03:48 PM

It might be easier for us to give advice if we knew what type of table you want to build. Have you decided on a style yet? The construction techniques could vary. Are you going to put leaves—That obviously gets a little more complicated, but is certainly doable. Will the top be solid wood, plywood, or maybe laminate?

You can buy really nice table legs if you think that’s out of you league. If you have a lathe, you could make your own unique style. Some legs don’t need to be turned either. Taperd legs, or even straight work also.

Let us know what you need, we’ll


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#2 posted 04-07-2010 03:50 PM

No advice to give other than GO FOR IT!

I am also in the same boat, but need to build up my experience. I’d be interested in hearing your journey as you go through this build

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 04:57 PM

I just finished my first dining table. It is 52 by 96 from 1×8 cypress glued up with bisquits. I used bread board ends with square pegs allowing for expansion. You really need to allow for exp/contraction. I was amazed at the shrinkage when it was inside the house. I turned the legs from 4×4’s which was again one of my first attempts at such and they came out great.

Good luck—go for it….

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 03:16 PM

My advise is be sure that the wood is dry. I made a simple dining table from Ash for my apartment, and the glue-up top cupped after bringing it into the warm/dry environment of the apartment.

I’m going to build another table from Cherry, and I have the boards inside my apartment for 2 months. The difference in weight since I brought these inside is considerable. I am going to get a moisture meter this year.
When you consider all your time and effort and possible aggrivation, its worth the $$$ to know the stock is dry.

-- Regards, Rob

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#5 posted 04-10-2010 04:51 PM

My tip – - Where I live (and I assume just about everywhere else) you can take a panel of furniture to a custom furniture shop and they will let you run it through their wide belt sander – usually up to 48 inches. Where I go the charge is $80/hour with a $20 minimum.

I think having that option makes doing a large table a whole lot more viable.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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