Stickley Dining Table in Walnut
In a few short days I will move to Washington DC from Bloomington, IN. I will have spent two years here to the day, driving in on May 15, 2010, and driving out the same day two years later. With just a few days to spare, I finally completed my dining table. It’s based off of a design from FWW called Stickley Done Lightly, which appeared in cherry. I did this in walnut, and changed a few features that I feel lighten the design a little.
I began by cutting the legs.
First in half, and then ripped on the bandsaw.
Then I made the top. Obviously, this is the most important and thus time consuming piece of the project, so I spent a long time ensuring the timbers were flat and jointed properly.
I cut the natural edge slabs to width first. Then I planed them down with the help of a small table I made specifically to hold them up as they went through the planer. This process took weeks to get them all clean and even.
When they were finally done I worked on the edges.
Then I glued it together in sections using 2×4 cauls to keep everything totally flat so I wouldn’t have a ton of work to flatten it out when it was all glued.
Table is out, but still rough and needing a lot of work:
Then I made the apron parts:
When the top was mostly clean I made the breadboards and seated them with maple plugs.
Top is done:
So I put the finish on it:
I assembled the bottom with my friend Vincent’s help, and then Rach and I moved both pieces upstairs and put them in place on a sunny spring afternoon.
The Suzani we got in Istanbul from an Afghan Uzbek guy who gave us the hook up when we spoke to him in Uzbek and Dari.