When designing a console table how do you determine whether or not you
need a stretcher at the bottom of the legs? Is there some kind of rule
of thumb, guidelines? My legs will be 1 1/2" square and made of
walnut, dovetailed to the top rail/stiles and mortised to the rail/
stile below a drawer about 4" down. Leg length is about 40".
This was one of the first threads I read after flying to Provincetown,
Now, THAT'S funny!
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B A R R Y wrote:
> This was one of the first threads I read after flying to Provincetown,
> MA, today.
Once took a vacation to Cape Cod.
While there, walked up the stone tower at Provincetown.
After climbing to the top, much to my surprise, there stood a college
classmate and his wife, also a classmate, I hadn't seen graduation.
After graduation, they had moved to New England while I had stayed in
They were moving to Virgina the following week and this was their last
visit before moving.
Said "Hello" and "Good Luck" almost in the same breath, almost like
two ships passing in the night.
That was 1969 and have never seen them again.
Hang in there. The web does wondrous things. Last month, I got a note
from a guy I went to high school with. He's out in Santa Barbara now,
a goodly distance from Cross River, NY, but had to come to Tennesee
for a sailplane meet and drove on here for a night. We hadn't seen
each other in, according to him, 38 years.
Now, we correspond occasionally. He was the wild one of the area, and
I was a willing follower, except that he went into AMF road racing and
other types of motorcycle racing quite heavily, while I went in the
Marines. I think he'd still race: he went back to it some years ago,
just before he turned 60. It wasn't the age number that stopped him
this time. It wazs the fact that he really, really doesn't like being
a back marker, and he could not pick his speed up near where it needed
to be to run with the big dogs.
You've still got a year's grace!
Charlie Self wrote:
> Hang in there. The web does wondrous things. Last month, I got a note
> from a guy I went to high school with. He's out in Santa Barbara now,
> a goodly distance from Cross River, NY, but had to come to Tennesee
> for a sailplane meet and drove on here for a night. We hadn't seen
> each other in, according to him, 38 years.
I've been very fortunate over the years.
My high school class has held a reunion every 5 years since our 10th year.
First one I attended was the 25th, boy did I go to school with a bunch
of old farts<G>.
We wore badges with our yearbook pictures on them.
With out those badges, nobody would have recognized anybody.
Since then, have attended 35, 45 & 50.
The grim reaper made several calls between 45 & 50.
50 was a major event, doubt we will have another.
OTOH, never had anything with my college class.
Ah, well. If memory serves, Gene was the only guy I got along with in
HS. Our 50th was this year, and I didn't even bother checking it out.
I can find plenty of fat, old people who think they're better than
everyone else without leaving this county.
Charlie Self wrote:
> Ah, well. If memory serves, Gene was the only guy I got along with in
> HS. Our 50th was this year, and I didn't even bother checking it out.
> I can find plenty of fat, old people who think they're better than
> everyone else without leaving this county.
Couldn't wait to get out of high school, was not a happy time in my life.
Left town quickly to attend school and didn't look back.
Guess I've mellowed, as have they.
Most of us have learned that the first liar doesn't have a chance.
Was in kindergarten with some of those folks, which goes back to WWII
Big chunk of them have turned into snow birds and are in Florida these
Stretchers are not always structural. They can be for asthetic. A 40"
tall table can be a bit spindly but a console table won't take much
racking I'd assume; just sitting cuetly behind the couch or aong the
wall holding up a nice vase and a picture frame.
Consider this, I made this writing table with only a 2 1/4" apron
pocket screwed to the legs and some additional corner blocks across
the aprons under the top, My daughters have had their computer,
printer and hundreds of hours of homework, even sitting on the darn
thing and it ain't broke yet, though it could.
You won't need any stretchers. Depending on the material and how its
implemented the legs could bow, bend, curve but I don't think you have
any structural problem. If we are talking Oak or Cherry or something,
1 1/2 square ain't gona pull or twist or bow unless you mill them in a
severe moisture state.
Perfect, thanks :) I'm making a matching console table to this entry
bench I made http://www.penney.org/benchgallery3/index.htm the entry
bench is about 34" long, and about 20" high, the console table will be
48 x 40, and will have three small drawers.
Nice work on the bench. A few questions.
Getting the pins right on dovetails like that can be tricky. You have
to remove so much material before getting to the final sizing cut.
What methods\tools did you use? Did you remove material first or cut
it all with the same bit?
How is the top done, attached, etc? I suppose that quilted part is
veneered over something. Is there some consideration for expansion.
Those long rails might get a bit longer in the summer.
Really nice job with the poly. I agree it is best for a working piece
like a bench but so fricking hard to get it to look nice and still
feel like wood.
I cut the pins on the router table with a tall sliding jig, didn't
remove any material prior to making the final cuts just one pass
straight through the piece on each side. This left some material on
the sides of the rail that I removed with a bandsaw and a chisel for
the last pass.
The top (birdseye) is veneered to an MDF substrate and the entire
panel is epoxied to blocks attached to the inside of the rails, so no
consideration was made for expansion. Hopefully the glue will hold it
all in place...
This finish is the Maloof Poly/Oil, Oil/Wax finish, bench doesn't get
too abused and should be fairly easy to touch up if need be..
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