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post #1 of 23 Old 12-20-2019, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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Walnut farmhouse table completed, at last

This table, for those of you who have not seen the WIP posts, is 11' long x 5' wide, and is made from Oregon Black Walnut. It is denser and tougher than other walnuts I have worked with and was a challenge. The big challenge, of course, was being able to turn over the top while working on it, as it weighed 350 pounds. I solved that by making a giant rotisserie. You can see it in the post about 'rolling over a large table top' from last week. Delivery was arduous, but it's in, customers are happy, and they gave me a $150 tip.
Walnut farmhouse table completed, at last-img_1384-2-.jpg

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great work, Mark !

what's next on your agenda ?

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Tip well earned. What a monster of a table. Got to love black walnut, and that's a lot of it!

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Excellent job! I've been following.

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holy smoly! that table turned out gorgeous
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Beautiful!
I bet that base is quite heavy it's self.
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Beautiful!
I bet that base is quite heavy it's self.
The base is 130#, and I attached the trestle beams on site, so that was easily manageable. The end rails are 3" thick stock, everything else is 2".
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Great Table!
Somehow, I expected nothing less of you.
Looking orward to your next project

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Great work!

Unfortunately the table's environment does not help to bring out the great grain and color of the Black Walnut since the floor is also a dark brown color:

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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@mmwood_1

How are the stretchers attached?
I'm in McDonalds now and have bad glare on my screen.
Are they permanent or tusk tenons?

Are the top boards glued together or are they loose?


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How are the stretchers attached?
I'm in McDonalds now and have bad glare on my screen.
Are they permanent or tusk tenons?
Are the top boards glued together or are they loose?
Thanks in advance

Tony, The term 'tusk tenon' is one I've never heard of. But everything in this piece is a M and T of a sort. The upper stretchers, or trestle beams, have a 1" long tenon going into mortises into the 3" thick top rails. The lower beam, I think the tenons were a little shorter as the post is 2" thick stock. None of them are glued in, they fit snugly and are secured with 5/16" x 6" lag screws, counter sunk and plugged. The owners did not want exposed joinery. I think this pic, the M and Ts can be seen.

Walnut farmhouse table completed, at last-img_1343-1-.jpg
The top boards are glued together after painstakingly fitting them as nearly perfect as I could get. I would have preferred to do T and G joints on the top boards, but I did not have enough total width to waste on the tongues, so instead I used spline joints, which worked out very well. The deviations in evenness across the entire top were hardly anything at all. The breadboard ends are, of course, a M and T joint with a stationary screw (5/16" x 6") at center position, and 4 screws in 3/4" long slotted holes spaced further out from the center. The M and T joints are stopped about 3/4" in from the ends so that they are not visible, nor will they be visible when shrinkage occurs.
This pic shows the glue up and the splines can be seen.
Walnut farmhouse table completed, at last-img_1356-1-.jpg
The oval plugs for the slotted screw holes in the breadboard ends, ready to tap into place.
Walnut farmhouse table completed, at last-img_1359-1-.jpg
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Thanks for the info, Mark

I have always used the expression "Tusk Tenon". Just cant remember from where. LOL
Anyway, a tusk tenon is a through tenon with the wedge dropped in it. I guess most people call it a wedged tenon.

Awesome table.

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Looks like a fantastic, very long lasting table!

I'm curious, if you don't mind sharing ... what was your outlay for the project in materials? How many man hours to build? I'd ask you how much you sold it for, but I suppose that's a private matter between you and the buyer.

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Unfortunately the table's environment does not help to bring out the great grain and color of the Black Walnut since the floor is also a dark brown color
Agreed. But that's the buyer's problem for not properly displaying it.

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If none of you has seen Mark's work, take the time to check out his website. It is full of stunning, very original pieces. Mark is a true artist and consummate craftsman; an original in every sense of the word.

http://www.markmeyerwoodworking.com

Disclaimer: I do not know Mark. I have never bought any of his work, and probably can't afford it anyway. I have seen his website, and it is worth a look.
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[QUOTE=AwesomeOpossum74;2087541]
I'm curious, if you don't mind sharing ... what was your outlay for the project in materials? How many man hours to build? I'd ask you how much you sold it for, but I suppose that's a private matter between you and the buyer. QUOTE]


I don't mind sharing. The total materials cost was about $3800, including materials for the rotisserie structure, cost to hire movers, etc. Total table cost was $7,800. I put in about 150 hours. I did not do it as a time and material job, strictly, which I usually try to do. For instance, I did not expect that designing and building the rotisserie would take about 12 hours, all told. Oh well. In the end, the bottom line is that this is exactly the type of piece that I am in this field for, and I just wanted the chance to build it. The owners were having a big party the day after installation for all of the contractors who'd worked on the new house. Maybe it will even bring me more work down the road.


Regarding the floor vs. table, what you are seeing is more about the quality of my camera. It looks really good in there, and the table will be surrounded by chairs with light colored fabric on the seats and back, which also sets off the wood really well. And they have two chandeliers mounted above the table.
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That table is awesome. I'm getting ready to build something very similar out of very old heart pine about 9' long by 40" wide so not as massive as yours I like how you designed the base and I think I will adapt it for my table if that's ok with you.

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A light colored area rug could allow that table to pop. But that's up to the owners.
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That table is awesome. I'm getting ready to build something very similar out of very old heart pine about 9' long by 40" wide so not as massive as yours I like how you designed the base and I think I will adapt it for my table if that's ok with you.

I don't own a patent on farmhouse tables. :)
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Addressing the concerns expressed about the floor taking away from the table.....customers sent me this photo. And of course, when seated around it, you would not be seeing the floor anyway.


Walnut farmhouse table completed, at last-snider-table.jpg
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Thanks for sharing

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