Not Building a Shaker Dining Table

April 12, 2011

OK,

So we’ve had a slight change in plans… Shaker out, farm in…

Of course, ours will look considerably different… We’ve got those nice wide antique planks, and we’ll probably go with turned legs. (Interesting note about the legs… A few years ago, I built a kitchen island, and discovered that the pre-turned legs were cheaper than the plane timber I needed to make them from scratch. No doubt that the turning was done in China shipped to Cape Cod… Sigh…) I don’t know if we’ll paint the table though; we certainly won’t paint the top…

Ah… Two cats in a workshop ‘wrastlin’ with wily wood and power tools… What could possibly go wrong?

By the racks and the band aid isle,

Two cats blogging


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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Building a Shaker Dining Table

April 8, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the blogging and woodworking cat here… We have a new project before us — namely building a Shaker table… (Do you remember the hutch project?) Right now, all we have are the 60 year old, 18″ wide rough boards for the table top…

But we can scrounge the rest from my over-sized stockpile of wood…

In general, here’s what we’re thinking about…

All told, the job isn’t that tough, but the devil is in the details… Will I need just one stretcher or two? Should I chip carve the stretcher(s) or leave plain? How do I join the two pieces of the table top and keep them flat without inviting a split? (I know that I’ll need floating battens and bread boards, but what size and how many?) How will I stain and seal?

You see the crazy stuff you get into on this blog???

Cisco in the sawdust,


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.