The following story and pictures were sent in from Dan at Integrity Woodworks. Dan can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you Dan for sharing and we look forwards to more projects.
HAPPY WIFE -HAPPY LIFE
Finally, I am creating a dining set for the love of my life. Maple table top, black walnut bases, and figured black cherry sculpted chairs.
We started with a 12 foot long 13 ish inch wide 3-inch thick book matched set of big leaf maple slabs.
First step was to cut both slabs in half length wise , three pieces becoming the top
anther the bench top
Top pieces before removing live edge from center board
Top in various stages of layout and glue up, with these I flatten with hand planes after glue up is complete and stable.
After about 40 hours of flattening , setting epoxy and three cherry (dovetail keys) aka bow ties or butterfly keys, sanding up to 320 grit silicone paper, extensive hand planning, card scrapping and some selective belt sanding, and finally, a hand rubber finish has been applied several times.
After my mind flipping back and forth on doing a crazy bent lamination to look like cast iron. My smarter half really liked the two completely different X base tables I had done a few years ago. We found the perfect piece of walnut to do the entire table base from 2″ thick x 15″ x 7′ long. Then we found a second board from same stock for bench legs!
Walnut for table base
I am on the finishing of legs now , then will get a little in depth here on how I attach the bases.