Arts & Crafts Dining Table
This dining table was recently finished to complete a set with 6 chairs previously posted on this site. The table is my own interpretation of an Arts & Crafts Prairie Style design. Some of the design and construction features including the Breadboard end pieces and the prominent plugs were inspired by Kevin Rodel’s and Garrett Hack’s articles published in FWW. For the table frame I stayed with solid cherry finished with Waterlox in order to match the chair set. For the tabletop I attempted to bridge between the color and grain patterns of the existing contemorary teak buffet, which I wanted to retain, and the cherry chairs. I chose to do that using Canarywood because of the bold grain pattern in shifting hues from gold to green to rust to red tones. It works well in complementing the aged teak grain.
The Canarywood top is solid 4/4 stock with doublers on the edges and on the breadboard end battens to provide the hefty solid look of Prairie style furniture. The top is finished with a single coat of Watco Natural followed by 4 coats of Minwax Wipe on Poly. Two coats of the Minwax Poly were brushed on to build a heavier base before wiping on the final coats. The Breadboard battens have 6 long tenons and a full width stub tenon inserted from the tabletop. There are long wood screws inserted underneath each of the Wenge plugs into the 6 tenons to retain the batten and permit mismatched growth between the top and battens. Canarywood has a very low lateral growth coefficient with humiidty changes which helps with this issue.
The table top is 84 inches long by 42 inches wide.