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Project by artsyfartsy posted 06-17-2017 02:08 PM 603 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table design was originally used during the Civil War. I saw one of these on display somewhere and took some pictures of it and made some measurements. I thought this would be a great project someday and as it turned out, my niece wanted a portable desk for her dorm room in College so, I made one for her and one for a friend. The desk works pretty good. The measurements are 30” x 24”. The old design called for regular pine boards to be used for the top but, I used 3/4” Oak Plywood and some pine for the edge banding. The legs are also pine but the middle strap needed to be hard wood so I used Oak. It is a very simple process of locking the legs in place when the legs are set up in place. The legs are offset for folding purposes. It was very simple to make. I applied some oak stain and put some Thomson water seal on the top to prevent any water damage.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!





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DocHamm

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#1 posted 06-17-2017 03:47 PM

Very nice desk. Great job recreating a useful and good looking piece. Hope they get many years of use from it. I certainly would be proud to own one like it. ;)

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#2 posted 06-17-2017 05:01 PM

This is a very nice practical project.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 06-17-2017 05:30 PM

Way cool Don.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 06-17-2017 07:48 PM

Those are sweet!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#5 posted 06-17-2017 11:51 PM

I love the looks of campaign furniture.
Nice table..

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#6 posted 06-18-2017 01:48 AM

Humm Looks like Ted spelt merkre!

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 06-18-2017 01:11 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a fun project to make.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#8 posted 06-19-2017 12:36 AM

Don that is one great looking table and a brilliant idea for securing the legs.

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artsyfartsy

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#9 posted 06-19-2017 12:46 PM

Thank You Bob, but I can’t take the credit for the locking system. This system was designed long before you and I were thought of. It’s from the Civil War era. But, thanks anyway.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#10 posted 06-19-2017 01:26 PM

Nice job! If you made it about an inch or two wider the legs would fold flatter against the table down below the apron!

-- Dennis, WV

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artsyfartsy

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#11 posted 06-20-2017 12:58 PM

You’re absolutely right Dennis, but my measurements on the original piece called for legs to be 22” long and after I cut out the table top and before I made the legs I discovered a problem. With the legs at 22” long, no one could sit at the table, so I made the legs longer which caused the overlapping problem. The next table will be longer so the legs can lay flat. Thanks for your input.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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