Farm-Style Dining Table Complete

Hey guys,

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?

Well, here’s the update you’ve all been waiting for… The farm table is now complete. (You might remember parts one and two of the build adventure…)

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:

  1. We pretty much designed what we wanted on the computer.
  2. 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…)
  3. 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.)
  4. The top was then formed using the cleats and breadboards.
  5. We assembled the frame keeping a close eye on the “squareness” of the structure.
  6. Painted the frame.
  7. 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…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.

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One Response to Farm-Style Dining Table Complete

  1. Gerry Ashley says:

    There’s a lot you can learn from something that, at first, seems like a simple country kitchen table. Consider:

    There’s a quiet elegance and dignity in a design that is as simple and straight-forward as this. Wish I were as accomplished when it comes to projects like this. But that gives me something to look forward to as a goal for retirement.

    Just the thought of sitting at a table like this each night at supper. And only the stranger (or person about to become a new friend) would be at a loss for the source of the smile on my face as I pour us a fine spirit and set it on the table.

    Perhaps the best advice you give above is to avoid sanding the character out of the old wood. It’s like a piece of leather with a “flaw” in it. It’s just revealing the character and experiences of it’s previous life.

    Therein, perhaps, lies one of our big mistakes as a society: We have gotten to a point where every joint in our lives has to be perfect. We demand absolute flawlessness in every product or else we claim the right to return to some sort of reimbursement. And so it has become in our lives. We accept nothing less than perfection in people, yet who among us is perfect?

    Maybe we can enjoy the smaller flaws in each other as part of OUR character and work with each other from there.

    Yep, there’s a lot you can learn from what appears at first to be a simple table.

    Congratulations on a fine job. Time to pour yourself a nice cold one, and sit at the table and let it talk to you. I’ll bet the old wood has some interesting stories to tell.

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