Dining Room Table

Using a MONSTER red cedar slab we are making a dining room table.
Here is the BEFORE of the slab – 12 foot 6 inches long and 38″ wide
start

Sean cutting it in half
Lets see how straight a line he can cut.

cutting-it

SEAN – What the HECK ????? LOL dull blade – not enough coffee?
cut-in-half

Sean said let’s cut out some of the knots and fill the holes with rocks – cool
holes being routered out
holes-for-rocks

Aquarium rocks inserted into pocket 1
pocket-2

 

and pocket 2

pocket-1

Now some of you may know what a “bow tie” is in the real world. In a woodworkers world it is
USUALLY a bow tie looking piece of contrasting wood inserted into a table top to prevent the spread
of a crack or split in the wood. This is also known as a “BUTTERFLY” and traditionally looks like this

butterfly

We had a split starting at a knot hole and I asked Sean to install a bow tie to prevent the split from getting larger

Sean asked if he could do something different than a bow tie or butterfly seeing that we are on the island
SURE, why not? We are called ONE OF A KIND because of people like Sean

So what did he do? You got it – a fish
A jig to mark out the area to be routered

template

Both holes routered and the “fish” insert ready to install (complete with a knot for the fish’s eye)
Both fish were made using a contrasting yellow cedar.

routed-out

gluing the bow tie – oops fish into the hole

glue

ready to hammer into the hole

ready-to-pound-in

let the glue dry over night

drying-overnight

finish sanded – next we can install 1 rock where the knot is

sanded-flush

So this is what the table looks like now

2-halves

We are going to do something that we have NEVER seen anywhere
We are going to cut 40″ off the length of this table and make a matching
coffee table to go with the dining room table. The green masking tape
shows where we will cut the cedar – just past the little fish.
where-to-cut

MAKING A MATCHING COFFEE TABLE
Sean cut 36″ off one end
cut-it-down

Made metal legs and had some glass cut
coffee-table

Stay tuned as we continue to work on this piece