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Farmhouse dinner table

We needed a new dinner table. I wanted to learn about woodworking. This table was built using mostly hand tools and as much traditional joinery as I could figure out. I recognize everything could be improved upon but this being my first project, I'm quite proud. Thanks for checking it out.

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Did you know you can haul 10' lumber in a prius?

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Marking the mortises. Unfortunately, I don't have good pictures of me laminating the legs. There were no untreated 4x4's so I ripped some 2x8's and book matched them. They are not great, but I'm happy enough with them.

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Hand chopping a mortise.

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Dry fitting one of the tenons. The legs lean in 6 degrees on two axes. The mortise hole therefore leans 6 degrees relative to the face of the leg and the shoulder of the tenon leans 6 degrees as well.

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First set of legs done.

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This took me forever to figure out, longer to mark, and even longer to cut. I messed up several versions of this.

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The mortise hole in the top of the leg.

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The tenon that sits on the leg.

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Cutting the shoulder.

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I got this #4 on eBay and tried to restore it myself. It was tough but definitely worth it.

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Bought this #7 from a guy on craigslist. It took me a long time to figure out that the #4 is way more useful.

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Pile o' shavings.

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Gluing her up!

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My workspace. My next project is a bench.

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Dry fitting the whole table.

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Close up of a through mortise.

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Is this called a half lap?

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Marking the ends to cut.

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This conditioner helped, but not a ton.

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Stain.

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I love the wipe on poly.

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Stain on and 1 coat of poly.

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Everything drying for the night.

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Final assembly. After much stewing on how to attach the table top, I went with screws straight up from the apron-like cross members. I drilled wide holes (the best that I could with a simple drill bit) and counter sunk the screw heads. I figure if something crazy happens with the change in humidity, I'll learn a little bit and I can fix it since its my table.

Thanks for looking!