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I have been enjoying the post for some time now and feel that I should finally introduce myself. I'm new fairly new to woodworking, so my skills are a work in progress. I'm a scientist by profession and enjoy life in the sierra's. I recently built my first true project, a farmhouse table. My wife happened to be scouring the pages of pottery barn and restoration hardware when she fell in love with a rustic farmhouse table. The $3,500 price tag was too much to swallow, so I set out to build my own.

I used sugar pine that was gleaned from Yosemite . Below is how it is constructed:

Top (benches/table) laminated/glued with biscuits and secured with pocket hole screws.

The top stretcher is where I used my router to mortise out a cavity to lay the stretcher in. I think it might be a modified lap joint. In the picture, you can see how I was testing various supports for this design. I ended up with the joint in the pic that only is cut in the legs part way

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Welcome Rob and we can wait a few days on the picture(s). They just don't make pony express horses as tuff as they used to but we'll eventually get them.
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I forgot the image. This table is huge. It seats four people per bench. I'm in the process of another one slightly larger with chunkier legs and stretchers. I have more pics to post if requested. This was a fun build
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Welcome Rob :-)
I'm Stan from Vero Beach, Florida.
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It looks like a nice solid table one that will last a lifetime, make one a little taller and you would have a great workbench too. I know what you mean by the catalog prices. I recently build a small hall bench with two drawers that I saw in LL Bean. They wanted $318 dollars for it. It cost me $18 dollars including the glue. Catalogs are a great source for ideas and they even give you the dimensions!
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Nice table, Rob ~ Tell us more about what stain and finish you used. Was the sugar pine air dried or perhaps kiln dried? I especially liked your photo of how you routed your stretcher support.
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I'll explain the finish momentarily , first I'd like to explain how I arrived to the finish application.

First, I took all of the 4x4 (legs) and 2x4(stretcher) and hand planed them. Once smooth, I used a sharp chissel to a distress the edges (all edges). Next I took a scrap piece of 2x4 and cut the scrap to a nice club length. Next I drilled holes in the club end of my scrap. I then screwed in twenty or more screws into the holes. The screws must protrude out of the bottom. Next I had my 8 year old daughter beat the planed surface. I sanded all parts finishing with 220 grit. I did the same with the top (must be laminated first).

Once all was sanded, it was time to stain. I tested scraps with my stain (dark walnut). It turned out brutal. Very blotchy! I then decided to partially seal some of the pores of this softwood . After trial and error, I found peace with a mixture of "zinser bullseye shellac" and denatured alcohol. A 1 to 1 ratio. I applied to the entire piece and applied a little heavier in the knot areas. Once dry, used the black walnut stain. I was very pleased with the stain. I followed up the stain with verathane 8 coats. After each coat, sanded with automotive sandpaper 1000 grit. The last sanding was with a finer grit than that.

The table and benches are so buttery smooth. Let's just say, I was a hero with the wife (for a day or two).

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Welcome to the forum, Rob. What a nice project. I was going to ask you if the wife liked it. I can't see anything not to like. Keep up the good work.

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