|Project by garyjs||posted 09-05-2011 04:10 PM||4257 views||10 times favorited||10 comments|
Way back in the 1980’s, I worked in a third floor loft in an industrial park crowded with small workshops. Around mid-afternoon a well dressed and obviously exasperated lady walked in and handed me a reproduction of a Sears catalog from the early 19th century. She said, “I have been walking and driving from one workshop to another all day long. Nobody was interested in building this for me. The last shop owner I talked with said I should to talk to you. He said you’d build anything.”
I looked at the reproduction black and white photo in the catalog and said, “Sure, I’d love to build this.” It took me three months, but it was worth it. I learned a lot, and got to build my own table extensions, to boot. The table seats five on a side and two across the end, and it is rock solid.
Which is appropriate, since she wanted it built of Canadian Rock Maple, one of my favorite woods.
In the second photo, you can see the table leafs stored above the top of the table. the front edge of the table and the right leg from the element just below the leaf storage area. Just below the table is a wide and deep drawer for silverware and below that is a linen cabinet.
The front leaf is fixed in place to keep the table structure square. It can also act as a desk, if you pull out only that part of the table. In the third photo you see the table extensions fully open with the middle legs, which have self-adjusting casters. the fourth photo shows the table fully open with all of the leafs in place.
The table top is a very expensive Polysander laminate. Very thick and capable of taking a lot of abuse and still look great for many years.
The entire piece is finished bright with six coats of sprayed lacquer, with no stain.