If you have been following along, you know that I have recently moved to a new-to-me home. This one is a little large than our last and its nice to have the extra room. Apparently there is a downside though. I was informed by management that we will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner and that we would be needing a table that will seat at least twelve maybe more. For those of you outside the U.S., the Thanksgiving holiday is this coming Thursday. Not a lot of time for much of anything, let alone a huge dinning table.
Don’t judge me by what I’m about to show you. If you have a weak stomach you may want to hit the back button right now. Remember, I have no time and I am in a hurry. 🙂
Since I just finished my new “Naked Woodworker” bench that is built in the style of Nicolson, I put the experience to work for this quick and dirty table. The leg assemblies are made from 2x4s. Each leg received a 1/2″ rebate at the top on which to rest the 2×4 rails/aprons which are gusseted on either side. I thru in some cross bearers, knocked off all of the sharp bits and screwed down some plywood for the top. Plenty solid.
I’ll break it down somewhat so that I can move it into the house. Then we’ll throw two or three table cloths over it and we are in business. Not horrible for a couple of hours work that yielded a 4’x12′ table. Again, don’t judge me….
Hey, looks better than the solution I would of come up with. Rebates? Nah, just extra nails.
I look forward to a video of food-holding without a vise.
LOL…you would be surprised what you can come up with when pressed.
After table is set and the food arrives, no one will be looking at table legs or joinery. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
True, very true.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well Denise. Hope you enjoy it to the fullest.
Hey, looks better built than some stuff I’ve seen at the furniture store with vaneered particle board table tops. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving, Greg.
LOL…its ugly but solid.
Happy Thanksgiving to you too Derek.
“….I was informed by management…”
LOLOLOL 🙂 It seems your “manager” is a friend of my wife or at least they went to the same school lololol
“Necessity is the mother of invention”
Ha, ha, ha…I think they are the same the world over. 🙂
Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Nice assembly table for the workshop 🙂
Don’t think the thought didn’t cross my mind. But I’m already getting the stink eye from management about how much of the garage I’m taking up.
Just a prototype, to see how the size works out? I look forward to the series on the final design . . .
There is a dining table in the near furure, but not this big. Maybe a table that will expand and take a couple of leaves.
That is great. What kind of finish are you going to put on it? Kidding, a table cloth would be perfect.
Thanks Jeff. Maybe French polish…LOL. A table cloth will have to suffice.
An excellent example of applied knowledge. Good job, Greg. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks. Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving too!
Now that you’ve racked Nicholson to an extreme, I hope he doesn’t wrack your holiday in retribution!
(Please forgive the pun. It was irresistable, I’m aftraid.)
I certainly wish for you to have a good Thanksgiving. Nice work.
LOL…Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
You’re a braver man than I. My wife, Queen Victoria, would want a museum quality piece professionally finished. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with down and dirty. Nothing at all.
LOL…We started with nothing, literally, twenty years ago. We managed to buy a very small house that only had an eat-in kitchen. Four people in there was a big push. Over the years we both mananged to obtain college degrees and began doing a little better finacially. Her dream has always been to host a big family dinner and finally we able to pull that off. She would have been OK if I stacked up milk crates and slapped on a piece of plywood. Next year will be a different story I’m afraid. 😉 I’ll have to step up my game.
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