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Amitabh 11-19-2012 02:42 PM

Dining Table
Hello All

I am thinking about building a formal dining table from reclaimed wood.

1. how hard is it?
2. where can i get plans?

i will probably buy chairs, as oppose to making chairs.

thank you

TheBobmanNH 11-19-2012 03:15 PM


Originally Posted by Amitabh (Post 1056140)
Hello All

I am thinking about building a formal dining table from reclaimed wood.

1. how hard is it?
2. where can i get plans?

i will probably buy chairs, as oppose to making chairs.

thank you

It's basically as hard as you want to make it. Personally, I'm just getting started in woodworking and plan on making something like this :

But do some searching on the Google Machine and you can find plans for things far, far more difficult (and probably much nicer, consequently).

joecaption 11-19-2012 03:21 PM

What tools do you have?
Hard to say how hard it will be if we have no idea what wood you have to work with, what tools you have and what look your going for.

ddawg16 11-19-2012 05:07 PM

Formal Dining Table? If this is your first real woodworking project....your biting off more than you can handle....

At a minium, you need a good table saw, radial arm saw, router, a couple of sanders....lots of wood clamps...biscuit cutter...maybe a planner....drill....

That is a project you do for fun....not because your broke and can't afford a nice table....

If you already have most if not all of the above tools....then research some of the woodworking sites. Wood Magazine comes to mind....Rocker is also a good source for books.

guynextdoor 11-20-2012 08:29 AM

Do you have any experience with wood work before?

It is going to be an expensive project if you are going to buy all those tools.

Here's a link I found for you:

Are you going to build the table alone or the chairs too? Post the pictures of your progress.

Good Luck!

joecaption 11-20-2012 08:52 AM

And a jointer if you plan on a nice tight fit when you butt the pieces together.

Amitabh 11-20-2012 10:13 AM

I am pretty handy. In terms of tools, i have a mitre saw, circular saw, power drill/driver and sander. i dont have a table saw, but have access to one, as will as a router.

Building the table would simple be a fun project. The cost to purchase a table that i like is C$3000 plus tax. yikes, i like the reclaimed wood like.

It would be for formal dining, so a nice shiny finish and because i have kids, something to prevent stains from spilled drinks.

ideally my table looks like a trestle table.

DexterII 11-20-2012 07:43 PM

You described yourself as pretty handy. Well, I have a good friend who I think the world of, a guy who I first met close to 40 years ago, post college, post 'Nam, and all of that, and we and our families have been close ever since. I share this with you simply to say that it is with nothing less than total respect for him when I say that he is far from pretty handy, and in fact is close to a total klutz when it comes to working with tools; and he would be the first to tell you that. We used to pull together teams for Saturday afternoon football teams, and he was was absolutely awesome on the field, but when it came to home or auto repairs, it just didn't happen unless I or someone else walked him through it. Well, lo and behold, he bought a radial arm saw, and the next thing I know he is going to build a dining room table; AND didn't want any help with it. Yup, he did it all right; no help from me, other than borrowing a few tools once in a while, and probably more than a few questions regarding set up, etc. That was 30 some years ago, and they have since moved into their very nice custom built home, with a beatifully furnished formal dining room, for which the table that he built did not meet the needs of holidays with kids, grandkids, neices, and nephews, but the table that he built remains prominent in their informal dining room where they dine the other 360 some days a year. It is a simple table, but very beautiful. Yeah, you may have to borrow or buy a few tools along the way, and yeah, some may say that you need to start smaller, but take your time, and you can do it. As for plans, I'm not sure where my buddy's came from, but am sure that it will be no problem to find exactly what you want on the 'net. Good luck!

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