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.
December 22, 2013 at the millworks.
December 29, 2012 Gluing up legs.
January 16, 2013 Dry fit ends – moving along well.
February 15, 2013 Fitting the stretchers – remember, I’m only really working on weekends.
February 23, 2013 Looks great – but I’m about to make my first mistake…