Grandma's small kitchen table

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Project by ocwoodworker posted 09-11-2012 03:57 AM 1916 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandma has been living in the same craftsman house since she first had kids. That was over 70 years ago. She is now 93 years old and as sharp as a tack. When she first lamented over having a table that never quite fit, I jumped at the chance of making her a table.
I was thinking Greene and Greene with some marquetry and excellent ebony accents. But sadly no. She just wanted a plain ol’ ash table.
The kitchen is so small that two of the sides had to have benches made so the table can be pushed into the corner. It was so small that the two benches had to be cut at a 45 to allow them to fit under the table.

She wanted to pay me for my time….. I think my dad would climb out of his grave and beat me over my head with the tombstone if I did.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 05:07 AM

More pictures, especially of the benches. What did you use to finish the table? Did you seal the hole thing? They look great and I bet your grandmother loves them. Nice work

-- A good craftsman is able to make it work with the tools he has, I still need more tools

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 06:04 AM

I might have to borrow your idea : )
Very well done !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 09:08 AM

Great job, I can see why she likes it. Looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-11-2012 09:34 AM

Beautiful work. Gramma’s don’t pay for anything. They have given their entire life for it!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-11-2012 10:36 AM

Excellant work, I’m hope you enjoy many meals and perhaps a few card games on it with her.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 09-11-2012 01:11 PM

Beautiful table for a beautiful lady who knows exactly what she wants and knows how to get a wonderful
grandson to make it for her. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 09-12-2012 03:21 AM

Thanx for all the nice comments.
@ Zed: The table was finished with GF Pecan stain and then clear coated with Arm-R-Seal. I have found that when dealing with table tops the best thing is to use an oil-based finish. I hate having to worry about that white ring that forms on the table as a result of condensed moisture on a cup. Ever since we were kids we had to make sure we used place mats at the table. Hated that.
I originally wanted to have all the kids and grand kids and great-grand kids sign the top of the table by using a wood-burning tip but alas…I was over-ruled. It would have looked to busy since there would have been well over a hundred signatures. It would have said at the top “We love you Grandma!” with everyone’s name signed around it. (Like one big birthday card)

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#8 posted 09-12-2012 04:24 AM

nice table and a nice thing to do for your grandmother. Woodworking at its best!

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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#9 posted 09-12-2012 04:03 PM

Kevin- nice table I have always liked the ash look. Perhaps the grandma fans could wood burn on the underside of the table. Out of sight but not out of mind. I’m wondering about the little writing desk. later bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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