|Project by Lee Barker||posted 02-16-2011 06:54 PM||2929 views||13 times favorited||10 comments|
This project was completed about two years ago from this writing. It belongs in the file labeled, “Three Run Homers.”
The clients—a retired couple—are avid and devoted quilters. My hunch is that a day doesn’t go by without their spending time on one or several of their projects. The challenge was to create a work surface and storage area that would maximize both in a pretty small room, already lined with quilting essentials.
The planning was a textbook case in collaboration, clear communication, and openness. By the time the saw went on for the first cut, everyone was completely confident that every concern had been addressed. That would be, a, er, a blanket statement.
Height: 36; fixed top: 36×36; fold down flap 21×36.
There are identical full extension drawers on both sides and bolt storage is visible on one end. The other end has a fold down flap. Notable are the brackets, a Hafele product that, while high on the price side, are absolutely rock solid. In order for these to work, the flap has to come up slightly past horizontal for the smaller arm to engage or disengage. They will not pinch fingers.
Material is maple solid stock and ply. The aluminum rules are inlaid between the laminate top and maple self edge. Finish is lacquer.
For one of the subtle features, note the drawer pulls. They resemble needle shapes.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"