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08-16-2013 11:53 PM

The week of July 4th I sneak off to the little mill in Durango, where I tend to get myself into trouble, for a couple cherry boards to finish the demon coffee table. And I got myself in trouble. I came home with 60 BF of white oak for a rocking chair and a book matched pair of walnut slabs for a dining table. After my being sentenced to the dog house SWMBO listened to and agreed on my thoughts for the dining table. Slabs and steel. In my mind it was going to look awesome. Best thing was I already had the steel pipes I was going to use. Flash forward to last night. I finalized my design and ran it by the boss for approval.

She does not want a steel base. The demon coffee table is steel and wood and she thinks it is too heavy. I pointed out that is built strong enough for one person to survive a tornado under, and the rest of us could hide under the dining table. She didn’t appreciate the joke. She is afraid the steel will damage the tile floor, and area rug. Even after I pointed out how I was planning to put cork on the feet to protect the floor she nixed it.

Steel was going to be a much easier and cheaper base. I suppose I could re-purpose the oak but I bought it thinking about a rocking chair being cut out of it. None of the boards are really the same width which means I will be looking at a lot of waste. Design wise I just don’t know what to do. I’ve been searching dining tables in the projects area and while there many beautiful tables none of the bases are really turning my crank. Beautiful tops abound. Base design is pretty bland.

Can someone point me to a woodworker who you feel puts their table tops on classy bases? I am not a follower of any one style of furniture, so anything goes really, but I like color contrast. Just looking for inspiration.

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#1 posted 08-17-2013 12:03 AM

Well Nate… I have about 8 maple legs which are turned. I salvaged them from a job. (The table tops were veneered MDF, so i did not want them) Solid hard maple with the top at 4”x4”. Farmhouse style. IMO it would look great to add maple aprons/skirts and legs to a walnut top. Perhaps the Darling Wife would be receptive as well. Where are you? (Generally speaking) me…. North east Florida. I got em free, I’d give em freely if you want em. You’d still need something to use for the aprons. Painting them is also an option. Can post pics if interested.

Now some guys are gonna try to give grief over you giving your wife’s wishes top consideration. Not me… It shows wisdom, and a desire for a happy home. :-)

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#2 posted 08-17-2013 02:24 AM

Happy wife, happy everything. Unless I’ve been to the lumber yard then I’m happy in the dog house.

I’m in Northern Arizona. While tempting I was wanting to shy away from the turned table legs. Looking for something out of the traditional. Cool find though. I stop every time I see a table leg sticking out of something. They are never good stuff though. Maple and walnut would be a nice contrast.

I was contemplating our dining room chairs. They are oak. Maybe I will use the oak. Stain it a honey color to match.

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#3 posted 08-17-2013 08:46 AM

If you want to see some really creative and beautiful tables, etc…look at Tim & Candy Hicks here on LJ’s

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 08-17-2013 09:32 AM

LJ Dan Mosheim is the table man imo. You should take a look at his projects.

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#5 posted 08-17-2013 10:53 AM

Repeat after me….”yes Dear”.

(happy wife, happy life….be a good little electron, and follow the path of least resistance!)

If it makes you feel any better, I painted our kitchen 3 times last year….it was easier than the aftermath of leaving the original color. (Would someone please point out to her that I outweigh her by over 100#?!) ;-)

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 08-17-2013 11:27 AM

Man up. Veneer the steel legs.

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#7 posted 08-17-2013 03:37 PM

Thanks for the pointer. I will look them up.

We might out weigh them but they have “the look”.

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#8 posted 08-17-2013 03:45 PM

‘Now what?’ If mamma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy is what I have always heard…...

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#9 posted 08-17-2013 03:49 PM

It seems to me that you will have to make something different and in so doing you will have to buy some other tool to do it with. Just saying.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#10 posted 08-17-2013 04:18 PM

better to make it first, and ask for forgiveness later. Then of course sell it to make her happy.

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#11 posted 08-17-2013 05:10 PM

Saw some recent examples at Osborne that looked pretty cool. Maybe you could make one like those.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 08-17-2013 05:13 PM

NATE…. Listen carefully now. SWMBO has given you a FREE PASS! She doesn’t want the metal table frame you planned out, so now you have to return to the lumber yard for the Walnut that will match the slabs. And she can’t lock you in the puppy shack for it. I’m thinking that when the table is done, she will not like the Oak chairs at all. Nate, you are going to be best friends with the lumber guy! ;-)

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#13 posted 08-17-2013 06:06 PM

Papadan, I have yet to return from the mill with what I planned to get. I go for cherry and come back with walnut and oak. I go for for blue pine and come back with cherry. The lumber guys know a sucker when they see them. If I went for walnut I would come home with a truck load of the 150 year old hickory barn wood. I would spend an amazing amount of time in the dog house, and still not have what I needed to make the table.

Thanks for the osborne link, rich.

New tool….....hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

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#14 posted 08-17-2013 07:05 PM

The whole story…too late
Girl: ‘When we get married, I want to share all your worries, troubles and lighten your burden.’
Boy: ‘It’s very kind of you, darling, but I don’t have any worries or troubles.’
Girl: ‘Well that’s because we aren’t married yet.’

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#15 posted 08-18-2013 01:33 AM

Here is my favorite dining table base. Willie does great work, both in design and execution. Especially look at pic #5. I think it would look great under your walnut slabs.

Would you care to share the name of the mill in Durango? I am in ABQ and would be willing to make a road trip if their stock is that great. :)

-- Art

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