@RenaissanceWW (shannon rogers) a well designed and properly built version of that table. the videos are on his website. www.renaissancewoodworker.com
I'm about to endeavor on my first real furniture build and it will be a fairly basic dining room table. Initially, my wife found that dreaded Ana White pedestal dining table that's been making the rounds for years now and she wanted me to build it. We just moved about a year ago and it's taken a long time to get my garage and tools setup to finally begin to do some work. During that time I did a lot of research and found that the AW design was seriously flawed b/c it doesn't allow for movement. I'm glad I didn't have the setup when I did as I would have built this table, and by living in Florida, it would have buckled up to bits in no time. I promised 6 months ago I'd have this done by her birthday (July 20th), I know that's not going to happen though.
Fortunately I've had the time and I found a design that she likes that isn't terribly advanced. It's an x-base with a breadboard top. I've attached a picture of it. I've also attached a basic sketchup I did for the project. I intend the x pieces to be 4x4, the table top to be 8" wide boards at 1 3/4" thick, with 8" wide breadboard ends.
I have a few questions before I begin that I'm hoping some of you can answer :
1. What kind of joinery is best for the x-bases?
2. If my tabletop is to be about 9' x 3.25' , will two bases suffice, or would I need a 3rd to ensure stability?
3. How should the bases be attached to the tabletop?
4. The intention is to be able to sit 10 people (snugly) with 4 on each side and 1 on each end. How far in should the bases be to allow proper leg room? I was estimating 10-12"
5. My wife likes the knotty pine look, but I've vetoed and I'm going to do something much cleaner and harder. Alder, Walnut, other recommendations? (She likes staining )
Things to consider :
Tools Available : G0771 Table Saw, 12" Compound Miter, Tabletop Planer, plunge and fixed routers (no tables)
To get quality wood for this, I know I need to go with rough lumber. I do not have a jointer though, so milling large pieces of rough lumber could prove difficult for me. I'm planning on building a jointing jig for my tablesaw, but max cut depth is 3 1/4", not enough to cut through a 4x4.
I have a lot to learn still and I'd love some feedback and advice on this.
My Dining Table.skp