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Old 11-24-2015, 04:27 AM
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Default Walnut dining table

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
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:59 AM
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Utterly stunning, Neil! Amazing!

And it would look really nice in my house...
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Beautiful.
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Extremely nice, and just in time for Thanksgiving. Waiting for the sideboard build. It's pretty inspiring to see such nice work.
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It is a beautiful rendition of a well thought out design. I, also, am looking forward to seeing what you do with the sideboard.

I am also interested in seeing the SketchUp model.

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Looks great, Neal!!! What an heirloom for your family!
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Very nice table Neil, and a perfect use for those beautiful walnut boards. Walnut is a hard find these days. Our typical suppliers are getting narrow and short, with a lot of defects. I'll have to look into Horizon. Great job!
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'nother question. Does Horizon have a minimum? some dealers want a 500 bd' order. Also, I like the cross grain orientation you used. It's unusual and compelling.
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Cricket, you might check with Wickham Solid Wood Studio in Beacon, NY. I visited her shop last year & Jessica reclaims storm damaged urban hardwood. She had hundreds of slabs and full tree flitches in her shop. Lots of BIG wood! I don't know that she sells materials, but it would not hurt to ask. Plus, Beacon is only about 2 hours North of Brooklyn.
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:53 AM
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Thanks guys - appreciate the comments.

Cricket - no minimum on Horizon. They are really great to deal with. I've ordered under $100 in wood at a time with no issues.

HORIZON WOOD PRODUCTS

I've dealt with Dan there, but they are all great to deal with.

Charles - if you PM me your email address, I'll send you the Sketchup model.

neil
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