Oak Dinner Table

Even with some helpful jigs, mitered angles can stretch the patience.

SHOP OWNER: Lou Siville
LOCATION: Norristown, PA

    I have been thinking about this project for some time and finally decided to tackle it. I'm not a real enthusiast for cutting mitered angles, so this really stretched my patience. The wood for this project is quartersawn oak and the veneer was African Cherry.

    The first thing I did was to make a template for each position, since I planned to cut the holes for the glass holder and tray with the router. Once I cut out the template, I made eight positions and cut them at 22-degree angles. Routed Section

  Section Template Jig

  Assemblying The Sections

    Each of the positions were then glued together using biscuits. Getting all eight positions to come out dead on was a real trial. The last position needed some fine tuning. I nibbled away with the saw until I got it to fit. I believe it came out to 21 degrees.
Circle Cutting Router Jig

    I did the entire glue up on a flat surface for obvious reasons. I then routed the center circle for the core. One side of the core was veneered using a vacuum press. I bought the press just for this project and I'm sure I will get a lot of use out of it in the future. The core was 5/8-inch thick and the top was almost one inch.

    Using -inch Baltic birch plywood, I cut out a disk. Next, I glued a 1/8-inch layer of rigid foam to the disk and covered it with burgundy felt. Large Velcro strips attach the disk to the core. I made several cores with different colored felts, which makes them easily interchangeable. A friend turned the pedestal since I don't have a lathe. Assembled Top

  Reinforcing The Apron

  Finished Game Table

    The dining table surface received four coats of Watco Fruitwood Danish Oil and four coats of satin poly. The poker table surface also received the same number of coats of the Danish Oil. However, due to anticipated heavier use, I decided to use two coats of Spar Varnish. Overall, it was a fun project and I learned a few things.

. . . Lou Siville



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