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post #21 of 36 Old 03-19-2011, 12:01 PM
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So Nice !! Dude how many kids you have heheh..

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So Nice !! Dude how many kids you have heheh..
This one is for a young couple, no kids yet.

For me, I have a bigger table, with leaves that opens to almost 12 feet. We have 4, ages 18-21, with significant others and friends it's not uncommon to feed a dozen or so.
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Ok, been a while, but I'm nearing completion on this build. I lost 3 weeks trying to come up with the correct color. There couldn't be too much contrast in the grain. It had to be dark brown with auburn tones.

When your colorblind, this is nearly impossible, but I got it. The red oak was sanded with P100 grit, then one coat of minwax sedona red, followed by 2 coats of dark walnut. Then 3 coats of oil based poly.

The first 2 pics are from the catalog, that was what I needed to make. That was my design plans. The second two were previously posted. The last two are the agreed upon colors.
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Some of the joinery...
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Brink,

Very well put together, looks very sturdy and I like the joinery.

I'll be honest and say I'm not thrilled with the cross-buck design but that is just my opinion. I guess to me it looks too much like a picnic table I have. Could be the "rustic" you were looking for though.

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Very well put together, looks very sturdy and I like the joinery.

I'll be honest and say I'm not thrilled with the cross-buck design but that is just my opinion. I guess to me it looks too much like a picnic table I have. Could be the "rustic" you were looking for though.

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Thanks, it's not my style, either. The lady I'm building it for loves it, and I enjoy the work.
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Finally, it's beer o'clock! :) :)

What a great day! Sunny warm, started working on tractors at 6:30, checked on a possible EV build after lunch, then worked on the table.

This is the home stretch. The legs, stretcher, and benches are done. The underside of the table is finished, including 3 coats of poly.

The top is sanded, and the base coat of red stain is on. Maybe tomorrow I can get the dark walnut stain on.
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First of maybe two coats of dark walnut are on. Now the grain is popping.
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Awesome job. Top notch.

I would like to make a new table for home. Ill keep that design in mind. Its gonna be a while tho.

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I wanted to thank everyone who looked in.

I put the third coat of poly on yesterday. I just finished wet sanding and buffing out with synthetic steel wool. Looks like I'll nail the 5/22 delivery date. A couple of days to cure, then a final buffing to make the table feel like satin.

I did have an issue with the finishing. To get the color, I really had to let the stain soak into the wood. When I put the first coat of poly on, I started to see small dark spots appearing...the color was oozing out of the pores and into the finish. Shoulda let the stain dry an extra day. Any way, I had to keep brushing out the finish to blend the spots until the finish started to stiffen up. Then wet sand the brush marks. It added about 4 hours, but turned out fine.

Once I clear the shop, I start a 4 poster bed...with NO hardware. I've got a sizable pile of rough cut red oak from FIL's farm and a new memory foam mattress.
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It is pretty. I like that~
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Here's a table I built for a lady in NYC.

The criteria: it has to look like the table in the catalog, but be made with heavy hardwood (no "cheap pine" or veneers). The wood can't be too pricey, must have some character. Red oak was the choice. The legs need to be solid, the top can't look flimsy. It needs to be easily knocked down, as she moves often. And, it needs to look rustic, yet refined. Then deliver it to Manhattan.

Other than that, I had free reign on the design.

It's heavy, but a fun project :^)
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I just got the pics of the table. What a great project.

The wife and I delivered it a couple weeks ago. As "Brink luck" would have it, we drove to the upper west side of Manhattan, got to the apartment building just as someone pulls out right in front of their door. :) I had visions of carrying this almost 250 lb table top a couple of blocks.

As "Brink luck II" would have it, it was too big for the elevator :( soooo, carry it up the stairs. Took a little doing to get it from the narrow hallway, through the narrow door, but got it in.
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that really looks fantastic, i love working in oak, whether stained or natural, there's a warmth about oak i don't think you find in other timbers! i haven't read every post so sorry if i'm asking a previously answered question, but how did you laminate your top? just butt joints or f-joint or something?
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that really looks fantastic, i love working in oak, whether stained or natural, there's a warmth about oak i don't think you find in other timbers! i haven't read every post so sorry if i'm asking a previously answered question, but how did you laminate your top? just butt joints or f-joint or something?
Thanks for looking, the top was jointed, then edge glued. After the glue up, it was flattened with hand planes.
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Incredible Brink. I love all the joinery. Well done!

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Incredible Brink. I love all the joinery. Well done!
Thanks, JR. For me, the joinery is the best part. Wish there were some dovetails in it.
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