|Forum topic by jbswearingen||posted 07-21-2014 04:43 PM||755 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-21-2014 04:43 PM
Hey folks, it’s been a long time. I haven’t built anything in two years and am jumping back in with my most ambitious project yet—designing and building a counter-height table, side board (server?) and matching chairs.
The inspiration comes from a visit to Haverty’s with the missus two weekends ago. She wants a taller table (oddly enough, she’s only 4’11”), but more importantly, wants a drop leaf, as a full sized table take up too much space that is wasted with our four person family.
The piece at Haverty’s is, well, over priced, to say the least. Add to that crappy construction, and you have the makings of the missus being persuaded to let me build it.
Here’s the original:
And the side board:
I just learned to use Sketchup Make 2014 this past weekend. It’s amazing. I’ve never designed anything before because I just didn’t know how to. Sketchup makes it idiot proof. And I’m a pretty big idiot.
Here’s what I came up with after about an hour last night.
The original uses dovetailed sliders to support the wings. I intend on rotating supports. See the little long pieces on the tops of the aprons? They’ll pivot about 4” from one end out under the wing with it’s extended, holding them up. I haven’t yet figured out how to secure them under the table when collapsed.
In the original picture, there’s a bit of accent trim on the upper parts of the legs. I intend to route grooves into the legs and gluing in contrasting raised strips, probably walnut. On the table top, I’ll probably put in walnut butterfly inlays on the mitered corners for support and contrast.
The center is a 20” Lazy Susan made from polished granite. The bottoms of the legs will get small chamfers. The table top pieces are 7/8” thick, the legs are 2.5” square, and the rest is 3/4” stock.
Any ideas or suggestions as I go along? I’ll be buying the lumber this weekend.
-- Semper fi, Brad