CRAFTSMAN STYLE DINING TABLE
All that's missing are some chairs!
SHOP OWNER: Paul DeWitt
LOCATION: Colorado Springs, CO I built this Craftsman style dining table out of cherry, and used ebony for the decorative splines and plugs. I used mortise and tenon joints throughout the table. The breadboard ends attach using several wide tenons.
I designed the frame below the apron at each end of the table to go with the mission wall frame I recently built in our dining room. For the finish, I used the Sam Maloof Oil/Poly and Oil/Wax mixtures, which seems to look very nice so far.
This was the first project that I planned and drew using a CAD program. Turbo CAD Learning Edition is the one I use, which I downloaded after hearing about it on the WC message boards. Because I don't draw freehand very well, this was a good way to work out the proportions before starting to build.
Due to the size of the boards making up the top, I ended up jointing the boards by hand, and then I flattened and smoothed the top using hand planes as well. Of course, a dining room table needs chairs. However, that might have to wait for a few intermediate projects before I'm up to that challenge.. . . Paul DeWitt
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