Long Table

Before ...

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...and after

I found a particularly splendid orphan in an auction. 

I forgot to take a photo of it, but this is a picture of the same model from the internet.

 

OK it wasn't *quite* in as nice condition as this picture, because the top was scratched a bit, but it was a very substantial and lovely table.  Despite the scratch, the top was a wonderful piece of solid oak, over 4 feet long and 20 inches wide.

See also the long rails that will make good table legs for an A frame table, and I can use the hinges and other parts easily.

I spent a long time on the top, scraping and sanding the surface smooth.  See how nicely it has cleaned and scraped up:

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A slight diversion as a steam engine clattered past as I was admiring the freshly-scraped tabletop

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I decided to keep the tabletop exactly the same size as the original, and make a long, narrow table from it.

First I sorted out what I could use from the rest of the table,

and made the A-frames using some of the pieces.

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I cut angled mortices into two stout blocks and fitted them to the underside of the top.

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The legs fitted in rather pleasingly, and all that remained was to find a long strut to brace the legs.   

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Which had to have a carefully-angled mortice and tenon joint at each end, to fit into the slanted A-frames.

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And the final bit of construction was to cut square, angled holes in the tenons, to take small tapered pegs to hold the whole thing together.

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Here is the  fitted joint, showing a hole in the tenon and then how a tapered wooden peg fits through it to hold the joint secure.

This is the finished table, not yet wax polished.

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Here I am waxing the underside . . and then the top.  I use a medieval recipe polish made from olive oil and beeswax. You can read about how I make it, here.

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I have to admit that I am pretty pleased with this one.

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