Cisco the blogging HSS cat here…
Look, we know that you’re DIY kind of folk… Who could not love Bruce’s funky wood floor or back room?
Here are the legs, skirt, spreader, etc… Note the slots for the clips that will ultimately hold the top to the frame assembly…
Next is the underside top complete with sliding cleats and sliding breadboard ends. (Because of the width of the two boards (18″ each), the entire top can ‘breath’ without splitting the boards…)
Finally, the end result…
The build process itself was remarkably unremarkable:
- We pretty much designed what we wanted on the computer.
- Contacted Osborne Wood Products Inc. and gave them our design and measurements. They in turn manufactured the legs, skirt, etc. (Sadly, due to advances in technology and computer-controlled woodworking machines, I simply can’t compete with companies like Osborne — by the time I factor in material costs and sub-minimum-wage labor effort on my part, Osborne is simply cheaper. Sigh…)
- We picked up some exceptionally wide antique boards for the top and sanded and finished appropriately. (Huge word of caution here — do not sand the character out of old lumber! Be sure to keep saw marks and wear patterns. Anyone can pay to have new stock milled; but no one can replicate echos of age.)
- The top was then formed using the cleats and breadboards.
- We assembled the frame keeping a close eye on the “squareness” of the structure.
- Painted the frame.
- Plopped the top on the frame and gently secured the two using specially designed metal clips.
We like the table — it’s beautiful, unique, flat, square, level, rugged (but with an ease about it.) Perhaps most importantly, it handles light so well…
You really should try building something like this…
Two cats and a keyboard covered in sawdust by the racks…
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