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Farmhouse Table

author-gravatar PurdueSi Oct 13, 2019

New dining room table.  #table #farmhouse

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Finally finished!  Tabletop dimension is 42" x 96".  Tabletop is two pieces aligned with dominoes and held together with dogbones.  It's high-gloss, but after the varnish cures for a month or so, i'll use wax and 0000 steel wool to rub out the finish, and it'll be more like satin.

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This is where all my big projects start -- Fusion 360.  Leg angle is 10°.  Truss angle in center of the table is 45°.

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All douglas fir 4x4 from Menards.  Run through the jointer & planer to clean them up.

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Filled all checks & knots with 2-part epoxy.  I use West System.

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First end done.  All joinery done with Festool dominos.

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I wanted the table to be able to be easily disassembled in case we ever move.  I joined the horizontal stretchers to the ends using stair railing zip bolts.  These worked great.

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How the horizontal stretchers are joined to the end.

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Looking down on the horizontal stretcher.

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Table and bench bases complete.

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Bought the tops from a local lumberyard that will perform all milling and gluing.  The tabletop is two pieces to make moving it around easier.

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Picture showing all the dominos and dogbone milling.

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I used timbermate to grain fill the Walnut prior to finishing.  I mixed 4:1 Ebony:Walnut.  Wanted the darker ebony color to accent the grain and pores.  Lots of videos on YouTube on how to use this stuff.  It's kind of a pain to get it to dissolve all the way in water, but with enough stirring, it'll eventually mix up.

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Benchtop with timbermate applied.

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Tabletops with Timbermate applied prior to sanding.

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Garage setup for finishing.

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I used Arm R Seal, gloss.  I think I did 7 coats, wiping it on very thinly each time.  Usually waiting 4-5 hours between coats.  Sanding with 600 grit very lightly between coats.

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Closeup of the grain showing the dark timbermate in the pores after first coat of varnish.

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Another closeup of the grain.

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Used biscuit cutter to cut slots in the bases for table top fasteners.  These allow lateral movement if the top moves during seasonal weather changes.

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This is how the two peices of the top are held together.  These zipbolts have a geared nut on one end that makes them really easy to use.  Far better than traditional dogbones that required you to put a wrench in and only get about 1/8 of a turn at a time.

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I always wax screws prior to screwing them into hardwood.

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Tabletop fasteners.

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1 comment

Beautiful table! Thank you for documenting and sharing your work here on SimpleCove. I hope to see more of your work!

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