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Project by Napaman posted 03-07-2015 05:45 AM 2912 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is another table I made for work…but it has a good story…( I just finished this little bench for the men’s bathroom)...

This is a table that was in our staff lounged at my school. I think it was made by a parent. One day in the fall I walked into the staff room and saw all this stuff all over the ground…then I realized the whole table had collapsed. So i took it home…fixed it the next weekend (world record time) and the night I finished it…I put it on my hard cement patio…all proud. That was the night of our massive Napa earthquake ...when the light came up and we could really survey the damage I discovered the metal table base I had fixed (1 leg fixed) now had TWO legs snapped off…

The first picture is after I FIXED it with the original metal base…the second is the next morning after the earthquake…

Well…the house and shop and heck the whole town was pretty trashed…so this table sat for a long time…I finally had time to work on it this past month and took it to school this week.

The top is original THICK and HEAVY pine…but the base is completely new. To match the heavy top I needed to keep the base wide and with some weight. While not super advanced for most this was the first time I used “more advanced” joinery…In the end I decided to glue up the parts but bolt the main sections so the base could be broken down if needed…since it was not my table I wanted it to keep that portability option if someone wants to move it in the future.

Base is made of 4×4 doug fir on the bottom with laminated 1×4 pine for the rest. The main cross piece was a 2×4 redwood piece I had in my shop already…but you dont really see that with the top on.

I put two coats of waterbased poly on the base…and 4 coats on the top after sanding it all the way down (this piece was original) and filling some cracks.

One issue is that the table top was warped real bad on one end…I thought about trying to bend it back with clamps and then I thought about screwing it to the base supports in more places to pull it down, but since the table top is pretty old I was affraid of cracking it…so I left it with the bend…

See here for gap below level.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 03-07-2015 06:02 AM

nice re-build matt
should last a while this time

glad you are getting back to somewhat normal there
any plans with the boats this summer

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 07:09 AM

You know someone is going to sit on it! Looks like it should hold up. Good project. I left a few around my old school. I also gave my replacement some nice wood things I had made for my classroom.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 01:15 PM

Great job. The table looks WAY better with the legs you have added. Looks like, if you keep having earthquakes, you’ll always have stuff to keep you busy.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 02:08 PM

Definite improvement! I really like the way you captured the legs. That should really make it much more stable.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 02:27 PM

Much better Matt.
.... but the boat….. How did it fare in the quake? How’s it coming along?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#6 posted 03-07-2015 02:42 PM

Another fine rescue/save Matt! The beefy new base goes perfectly with the top and should hold up well. Great job.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 03-07-2015 02:46 PM

Matt: A great restoration on the damaged table.

Hope many more years of use.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 03-07-2015 02:48 PM

This looks very nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-07-2015 03:10 PM

Thanks everyone.

The pdr is “almost done” it actually has paint! But i seem to work on it in bunches then months with nothing…HOWEVER ALL OTHER projects done…so i am going to be using my time on it…i should do an update…but i was thinking of finishing her first.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 03-07-2015 03:25 PM

Nice looking table.

-- Woodworking with Limited Tools

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#11 posted 03-07-2015 03:35 PM

No Matt, not the PDR ….. the real boat.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 03-07-2015 06:00 PM

Lol…i love you man! Paul my super patient wife who has allowed me to build two sail boats, a boat tent covering the entire patio… (which is now gone), keep both unfinished boats through 2 moves…by a guy who doesnt even know how to sail…did make a suggestion that i focus on the pdr and then get back to the REAL boat…so the real boat is under multiple tarps on the driveway…it will happen…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 03-08-2015 09:10 PM

Nice work. Hang in there with the boat!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 03-09-2015 06:12 AM

Very nice restoration with novel joinery.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 03-13-2015 11:36 PM

Glad to see you made the restore with the original top. The whole thing looks better balanced without the metal legs.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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