> Wow, not trying to hijack the thread here, but I had not thought of
> that in years. One of my relatives had a dining room table with
> curved chrome legs, and a linoleum top. Around the top was a polished
> aluminum edge banding that had a couple of channels in it, and in the
> channels were round topped chrome nails to hold the edge banding on.
I remember seeing tables like that.
If you could afford chrome legs, you were living in the high cotton.
> To this day, my parents have their first >purchased< dining room
> table, the only one I ever knew. It has some kind of really hard
> surface (Mom remembers the salesman told her a fancy name, but she
> thinks it is "bakelite") that is very shiny and doesn't really scratch
> easy. It is a lot like the old chemical resistant high pressure
Linen cloth impregnated with Bakelite is often found as an insulating
material in electrical devices.
There is an outfit in downtown L/A that stocks sheets of the stuff,
mostly for the AeroSpace, I think.
I used a 1/16 thick piece for my router table top along with the fence.
Stuff is expensive, but also bullet proof.
> It is impervious to wear. Even so, Mom was so afraid that something
> would happen to that table that she always kept a tablecloth on it,
> even to this day it has one.
Sounds like some one who lived thru the Great Depression.
Taught them to take care of things.