10-Place Herringbone Dining Table - Margaret Goebel

The lumber was purchased at Habitat ReStore in Indian River, Florida.  It is 69 year old cypress.  The boards were a full 1” thick not like the ¾” you buy today.  My daughter had been asking for a table (actually two) for her new house so I went to work.

We after much discussion we ended up with a herringbone pattern and we used the non-weathered side.  We picked that side of the wood because of the pattern and the amount of sanding needed to get a fairly smooth finish.

The table length needed to be 10 feet with a width of approximately 42 inches.  We wanted the table to be long enough to seat 5 people along the side and 2 each ends.

To start I cut 4 boards longer than the width on the short side.  I biscuit jointed them on 2 sides, glued and squared them up.  I kept adding 2 boards at a time the same way each day until I was done.  The end boards of course are shorter.  I used a belt sander to level out the top.  Many of the boards had a heavy crown that needed to be smoothed out.  I did not take it all the way down but left a lot of the saw marks.  I then proceeded to mark the lines and then cut the “wings” off the table.  I flipped the table over and added a 4 1/2 “ skirt from ripped down cypress.  Flipping the table back over I added a 1” trim to the edge again ripped down from a piece of the cypress.  I put 2 this oats of varnish on both sides to seal the wood sanding between coats.

I stopped there and built the legs.  The legs were made to look like black metal.  They are made of 3 layers of ¾” plywood glued together.  I cut to the designed pattern then glued ¼” finish wood along the edges.  Using a router I rounded all the edges, filled the cracks with putty, sanded and spray painted them.   The frame was built with cypress and oak then the whole thing was assembled.


As I stated above I put a couple of thin coats on the table to seal it.  At this point used clear caulk to fill all the holes and cracks..  I then proceeded to varnish the top.  I used a roller and put 4-5 coats of varnish sanding between coats.  I used steel wool on the last coat then waxed it for s smooth finish.


12 -  1x9 boards
2 – 1x3 boards
1 ½ gallons Spar varnish
120 Biscuits
20 Screws
2 Cans metallic black spray paint

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