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Offline neilc

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Walnut dining table
« on: November 23, 2015, 09:50 PM »
Just completed this table for my son and his wife. 

Overall dimensions are 42" wide x 72" closed with two optional 16" leaves opening up to a full 104" with both leaves.

Ordered the walnut from Horizon Hardwoods out of Pennsylvania.  They do an excellent job and shipped 9 sequential flitch cut pieces from the same log as well as rift sawn stock for the legs.  I highly recommend them as I've ordered from them several times in the past.

Wood arrived and was as wide as 25" with all pieces 9' plus in length.  We used about half of the supply and will use the balance for a sideboard in the future.

Pieces were edge-jointed with a TS-55 on a long rail and then crosscut to rough length.

I was fortunate to find a local shop that had a wide belt and 24" planer for thicknessing the large panels.  Bernhard Woodwork in Northbrook, IL (Chicago suburb) was excellent and they have an amazing shop - about the size of a football field it seems with wood storage and all their machine and assembly areas.  I was surprised they would take a small planing job but they turned it around in under a day's time.

Legs are fixed and the top separates to reveal leaf storage below.  A sliding dado facilitates opening of the table. 

Dominos attach the legs to the cross brace and knock-down hardware into epoxy-secured inserts allow the table to be disassembled for movement.  Top was sanded to about 15/16" and finish sanded with a ETS 150/3 sanding to 320 grit.  Legs were tapered on the tablesaw and then planed to final size.  The two top pieces and end rail details were pattern routed.   The top was a bit of a challenge as it has a 147.75" radius detail on each end, which was interesting to set up with a router on a long arm to create a pattern out of hardboard, but it worked great.  That hardboard template was finish sanded with a ETS 150/3 on the edge and then stuck to the top for pattern routing on the Festool router table.

Finish was two coats Maloof oil / poly followed by four coats of General Finishes satin wipe-on poly.  Light hand sanding with 600 grit between coats.

Photos follow.  I also have a sketchup model if anyone is interested.

Thanks for looking -

Neil
« Last Edit: November 23, 2015, 09:52 PM by neilc »

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Offline Jim Kirkpatrick

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2015, 10:48 PM »
Real nice, Neil...per youge!  Did you make the chairs too?

Offline neilc

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2015, 11:36 PM »
Thanks Jim -
I wish I had done the chairs, but am not quite there yet!

The chairs are from Knoll, designed by George Nakashima.  They found the chairs and wanted a table to go with them!


Offline Kev

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2015, 12:16 AM »
Super clean job, I'm very impressed [smile]


Offline Scorpion

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2015, 06:36 AM »
Wow, what a gorgeous table! Thanks for sharing.

Offline WoodWhisperer

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2015, 08:47 PM »
Nice looking table!! Love walnut!

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Offline Tayler_mann

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2015, 09:12 PM »
Thats a table I could eat a Thanksgiving feast at. I really like the work.

Offline neilc

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2016, 05:38 PM »
Thanks for the compliments, guys!

Happy new year!

Offline Green Koolaide

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2016, 06:42 PM »
That is fantastic work. Well done
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Offline ScotF

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2016, 10:30 PM »
Awesome work! This came out beautiful!!

Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2016, 10:55 PM »
Beautiful table, well made.
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Offline iamnothim

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2016, 11:21 PM »
Neil
Outstanding!!!
What a sweet design.
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Offline Grasshopper

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #12 on: January 01, 2016, 11:57 PM »
Wow!
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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2016, 05:14 AM »
Stunning!

Love the character of Walnut, design of the table is superb! great job!

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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2016, 02:45 PM »
Awesome job, I really like Walnut. Plus those chairs really make it come together nicely
« Last Edit: January 02, 2016, 02:47 PM by jobsworth »

Offline Tinker

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2016, 02:58 PM »
neil, that is a great table.  It was interesting that the lumber was flitch cut.  Did they number the boards for you?
The table does look great with those chairs.  They were made for each other.
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Offline neilc

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2016, 07:52 PM »
Thanks guys!


Tinker - yes they did number the pieces as they came off the log.  I still have about 5 piece that we will probably use to make a hutch next.


Neil




Offline alkaline

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2016, 02:53 PM »
Fantastic, wonderful work.

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Offline Cheese

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2020, 12:18 PM »
Just stumbled across this @neilc ...fantastic job. Really like the radiused ends.  [big grin]

Curious how the table top is held together and how the extra leaves are held in place?

I assume this is what the remaining walnut was used for.  [smile]

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Offline neilc

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2020, 12:48 PM »
@Cheese - Here's a screen capture from Sketchup of the structure of the table design.


The leaves store in the center of the table under the extended tops.  The extension mechanism is fixed as two runners that attach to the legs on each end and an underside carriage that attaches to each end leaf.  Took some time to figure it out, but it works great.


The leaves use alignment pins from Woodcraft for registration when the top is closed.  And yes, the china cabinet was made from the same flitch of walnut.

The legs attach to the side rails with knock-down bolts that screw into threaded inserts.  The actual leg distance does not change, only the top length changes when it opens and closes.









« Last Edit: October 30, 2020, 12:51 PM by neilc »

Offline Cheese

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2020, 10:08 AM »
Thanks Neil for the Sketchup capture...that helps make sense out of the inner workings.  [smile]

Love the idea of the KD bolts for future moving purposes, everything can be almost flat-packed for storage/travel.

Are these the Hafele pins you used?


Offline neilc

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2020, 01:31 PM »
@Cheese Yes.  Those are the ones.  They work great and are really simple to install.

Offline mkasdin

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #22 on: October 31, 2020, 02:11 PM »
I think it turned out very nice 👍 . I remember when I was a youngster having to assemble and dissemble the dining room table for Thanksgiving. The leaves where in the basement and they slid in with dowels and the table was on a track and would expand. That was 50 years ago. I noticed that you made a table with leaves, did you consider making it a fixed dimension, which would ease the build process?

Offline neilc

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2020, 02:33 PM »
I made the table for my Son and his wife.  They have a smaller dining room but on occasion will have larger groups for dinner.  So they wanted the option of expansion.  And the in-table storage made that a really simple decision - no worry about leaf damage or having to store them in a closet, basement or attic.

Figuring out the build was a challenge - but that makes woodworking more interesting.  I spent many hours in Sketchup playing around with ideas and dimensions. 

I think it turned out very nice 👍 . I remember when I was a youngster having to assemble and dissemble the dining room table for Thanksgiving. The leaves where in the basement and they slid in with dowels and the table was on a track and would expand. That was 50 years ago. I noticed that you made a table with leaves, did you consider making it a fixed dimension, which would ease the build process?

Offline mkasdin

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2020, 02:57 PM »
So the shelf below stores the leaves? That makes sense. Every time I had to fetch the leaves in the basement closet, for a family gathering, I had to worry about getting bitten by a Black Widow 🕷 I have a lot of fine memories from that basement. lol

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Re: Walnut dining table
« Reply #25 on: November 01, 2020, 01:13 AM »
Beautiful table!  I love walnut.
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