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Project by HandsOgold posted 09-10-2007 08:54 AM 1428 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago, an elderly neighbor approached me in my garage shop, and asked if i knew where he could get pre-turned legs for a small table he wanted to build. I mentioned he might find some turned spindles at “CasaDePot”, but he replied that he used to buy legs with bolts set in them, ready to be attached to the top. I grabbed my “R” woodwork catalogue, and located legs on pg. 78, and selected the smallest, cheapest leg, priced at $14.95. He blanched at that price, retorting that he USED to pay about a buck for them. “When?,” I asked. “Oh, just after the war.” “Korea!” I exclaimed. ” No, he replied, World War TWO.” Ah, said I, while you are back there, buy me a tank of 18 cent gas! In any event, I found myself at the forementioned “LaCasaDePot”, and spied staircase spindles, (at 75cents each), and a hunk of severely knotted 12×2 pine, a four foot length, (for 2 bucks), and a predrilled steel strap to afix the legs (for $.79). I pulled into his driveway, opened my trunk and exclaimed, “World War II, revisited.”
I promised that should the weather cool, he’d have his TV-guide table in a few days. Because he wanted it really low, I only needed to cut the spindles in half (a buck-fifty saving, lol). I sliced off a 16 inch chunk of the pine, only to have a ring segment fall out, necessitating serious sanding and a pine gummed sand belt. I then decided that the plain pine top wouldn’t do, so inkeeping with his decor i laminated a couple of sheets of quartersawn aniegre to the top and sides, sanded smooth and applied a nice coat of gel rub polyurethane.

-- Dan

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#1 posted 09-10-2007 11:51 AM

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw what a wonderful story!!!!
there are so many points that touched my heart.. and then I had some chuckles.. and then, to wrap it all up, you turned the $2 creation into something extra special. Bless your heart.

The legs are awesome, as is the entire table. Well done!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 01:09 PM

Love the story :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 01:19 PM

Great story, Dan. Nice fix for the old boy. Good of you.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 02:53 PM

The legs look like they are pressure treated. That could be a big selling feature (flood-resistant) here in New Orleans!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-11-2007 01:43 AM

thanks for helping…we arent gonna have too many of those guys left soon…lets love’em while we can…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 09-11-2007 02:16 AM

nice of you to help out. im shure he was happy about the table and the money saved.

-- bryano

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#7 posted 06-09-2010 03:59 PM

Great job, inspiration comes in many forms, your good hearted contribution to our world I am sure was greatly appreciated, I find more of what is good in me, and others by good deeds like yours. Nice looking table at a very economical price, very ingenious, good job. Keep working and sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#8 posted 06-09-2010 05:41 PM

Cool story I find myself in the “It’s that much! I only paid_ back in 1974, mode way to often.

-- Custom furniture

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