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I should explain… this began as a press table for the printing company I work for. It’s based on a craftsman library table – super sized. It took only ten minutes to draw up – way back in December 2012.

I normally don’t share work in progress, but I need help – the notion that someone is looking may shame me to action.

On an icy December 22nd I drove to the millworks and bought stout hickory lumber to build the legs and frame. Over the next couple weeks I glued up legs, chopped mortises, cut tenons – all cool. Hickory is the stuff used to make hammer handles and bridges. This table has an 8 ft span, it’s a bit like a small bridge. Hickory is so hard and tough, nothing works easily; the pronounced grain is prone to tearout when planing, sawing requires an ultra sharp blade, scorches easily and it’s HEAVY. There were a few minor mishaps, one of the ends took a spill from the bench top and flattened my work light. Another tipped over, taking a good chunk out of the plaster wall. In spite of these minor calamities – the frame was assembled and coated by February 23rd.

First trip to Millworks

December 22, 2013 at the millworks.

Gluing up Legs

December 29, 2012 Gluing up legs.

Dry Fit End

January 16, 2013 Dry fit ends  – moving along well.

Assembled Frame No Paint

February 15, 2013 Fitting the stretchers – remember, I’m only really working on weekends.

Frame with dividers and paint

February 23, 2013 Looks great – but I’m about to make my first mistake…