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Tips on How to make your own Jar rah Wood Table

Updated on June 12, 2010

Solid wood furniture is not cheap no matter where you buy it. You can spend a lot of money on pine furniture and then when you come home you find it is not as solid as you first thought.  We bought a lovely (we thought) solid pine 6 piece extension dining table and chairs.

I was filling in a competition the next day and when I put the paper into the envelope I noticed that the table had marks on it. Oh boy I could not believe that I had ruined the surface on my brand new pine dining room sweet which we had paid $1500.

It had the impression of everything that I had written on the paper.  I then realized that I had to have something under any papers that I wrote on or it would leave the imprint again.  I was very disappointed after paying so much.

Our Beautiful Solid Jarrah Wood Table

Sand under patio where we tried to stain table

Materials used

This is when my husband decided to make his own jar rah table.  At the time I thought it was a good idea, but did not realize how big a table he was thinking of making. 

We had 5 planks each piece was 75ml thick and approximately 15cm wide plus another one about 13cm wide by same thickness.  The length of each piece was 2.4meters long. Then we had a 4cm edging around on four sides as you can see in the picture. In total it measured about 90cms wide, from memory I am guessing these measurements.  In all honesty we no longer have this table as our son took it, because it was so heavy and we were thinking of selling our house and I did not want to have to shift it so asked our son to look after it.

How we made our beautiful Jarrah table

We had each pieced dressed by a professional. Then we drilled each piece about every foot, then we used biscuit doweling and glued each timber, once we had done this to the six timbers we clamped them with long steel clamps.  This worked ok until my husband wanted to turn them over.  And I am not as young as I used to be about 64 years old at the time and he thought I could lift this and help turn it over.  Well we managed just, but oh boy it was heavy.  He laughed wondering why I was complaining and puffing at the exertion it took.

Believe me the wood was heavy enough but with three steel clamps attached it was bl…y extra heavy. Anyway we finally got this part done and then we had to add the edgings; My husband insists that everything has to be done properly so these were then glued and biscuit doweled them into place.  Believe me it will never ever fall apart.  Again they were all clamped and had to be turned over again.  Luckily our son turned up in time, so I quickly disappeared.

Then the decision to stain or use a wax finish had to be made.  We decided to stain it.  And at the same time our council decided to put a rail line right behind our house.  Well the sand coming over a two meter brick back fence was unbelievable. We had it two foot deep in places and our pool was full of it.  Anyway undeterred we made a plastic tent around the table and stained it we stripped it off three times and re-stained it. In the end we stripped it all off and went with the wax as we could not get rid of the sand.

It looked beautiful. I was so proud of my husband for all the work that he put in and decided it was worth it.  Everyone asked where we had bought it.  And even had offers to buy it, but we would not part with it; even though it took four of us to move it around our patio.

Even though it was a jar rah solid wood table, some of our visitors did not realize that you did not put wet glasses on the wooden surface.  Yes I know, that’s part of life, but it was so infuriating to see people push the coasters back and put their glass directly onto the jar rah surface, and after all that work.

I ended up covering it with a sheet of clear plastic to protect the woodwork.  Yet still be able to see the wonderful job that my husband had done on this table.

So if you want to know “how to make your own solid jar rah wood table” yourself I hope this article will help give you some tips on how to decide which way to go. What to do and what not to do.  Good luck, I still think it was and is a beautiful table and well worth the effort.


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      Teak Shower Seat 

      9 years ago

      This is really nice hub.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Nellieanna, thanks so much for your lovely comments, jarrah to me always looks so much richer than other types of wood.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      10 years ago from TEXAS

      Gorgeous!!! My beloved George was a woodworker/crafter. He would have loved seeing this. How he loved beautiful wood! I was so impressed readiing all about the process of making the table. I have some leanings in that direction too. And I definitely admire and appreciate the effort, time and love that goes into such a project!

      Beautiful picture of it, too - in a lovely setting!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      billyaustindillon, Yes I loved it, and really do miss it under my patio. but we make these decisions. And too heavy to bring it back. Thanks for stopping by

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      10 years ago

      Beautiful table - I do love that Jar rah look - what a beautiful piece of wood.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med, yes it sure was a really heavy thing to lift I can still remember the pain. thanks again. Eileen

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      Support Med. 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      Wow! Definitely a big table! Wood is beautiful! You and hubby should have had your own tv show the two of you are really do-it-yourselfers. BTW, I would have disappeared when son came in too! I hope the table is being taken care of as well. Voted-up/rated!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      10 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      ethel Smith Well if you pay his air fare..haha. I just hope our son is looking after it and not burning it with cigarette stubbs falling out of the ash trays.

      Thanks for coming by

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      May I borrow your husband?


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