A Custom Table

I recently completed and delivered a custom table for a client. It was designed to fit a rather unique space inside a banister in her kitchen. The space was approximately 23″ deep and nearly 8 feet wide, creating a perfect opportunity for her to have a custom table built to solve this unique challenge.

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The completed table awaiting delivery.

The table was designed to match her existing decór as closely as possible: she has existing banisters that we wanted to simulate with the table legs, and there were hardwood floors in the remainder of the house (not in the kitchen) that we could simulate the stain for the top.

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The table installed in the client’s home.

The build process was lengthy with the large top and the two drawers. The photos below show the process to build the top. It included breadboard ends and was glued up from three red oak boards. A router was used to create the tongue and tenons of the table end and a small doweling jig helped create the mortises in the breadboard ends themselves.

 

 

The base itself took the most time as there were numerous structural members involved in getting a base as long as this to remain strong throughout its life.

 

In the end, the base was assembled and ready for finish. We decided on a painted base and a stained top. The base was first primed with a quality primer, sanded, and them painted with two coats of an interior satin paint. I ended up sanding this and applying a wax over the top to give it a bit of luster that more closely matched the top. I could have potentially used a semi-gloss and achieved a similar end result.

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The top was stained with a water-based dye stain and then sealed with shellac and finally received three coats of a durable water-based urethane finish. It was then rubbed with 0000 steel wool and waxed to give a nice matte sheen.

 

It was nice to finally deliver the table (thanks to my cousin John for the help!) and see the expression on the client’s face. She seemed pleased with the final result and I hope it brings her many years of enjoyment.

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Refinishing my Father’s Highchair

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This highchair was my father’s and had been sitting in an attic in Georgia for several years before it was brought down and moved back to Indiana where he grew up.

I spent a few days cleaning and sanding it and refinishing it before applying a new finish and getting it ready for another generation of use.

Here is the chair as I received it.

Here are some photos of the refinished piece. I tried to keep the same look and feel and didn’t really want to change how it may have appeared over 70 years ago.

Quarter-sawn White Oak Cabinet

Finally getting around to posting some updates on some of the woodworking projects I’ve been working on this year.

This quarter-sawn white oak cabinet was completed in October. It is standard table height (30″) and is meant to house those odds and ends that always seem to need a space: spare pencils and pens, paper, batteries, stamps, you name it. It will be fun to watch this one mature over the years.