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    A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    I don't know where to put this so I guessed. Probably not the right place but there you go.

    I thought I'd share something I've been working on. It's a little tavern table in the Colonial style. For a size reference, the leaf is about 11-1/2 in. across the grain.


    I don't especially like the heavy stretchers but they are true to the original. I'm guessing the stretchers were made heavy because patrons in the tavern would likely put their hob-nailed boots on them and the added thickness increased longevity.

    This is on my list of things to really build when I get time to get into the shop for real.

    Thanks for looking.

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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Dave you did an awesome job on the table. I think the "heavy" stretchers look fine. Did you make the legs or purchase them?

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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Hi Red. Thank you. As for the legs, I drew them myself.

    My apologies if you thought the table is real. I didn't think there'd be any mistake that it's a virtual table and I wasn't intending to pull a fast one or deceive anybody. It's just a SketchUp model at this point.

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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Looks real to me.

    I think the stretchers are fine, it may be the length of the lower square part of the legs that is out of proportion.

    Wish I could throw a set of dividers on there.
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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Geesh, had me fooled also. That's an excellent drawing. I was about to compliment you on the super grain pattern on the top. Hope you find wood as nice as you draw it. I like the heavy stretchers. Might experiment with making the leg bottoms either longer or wider - not sure which is right but as a sketchup drawing it would be easy to experiment.
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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Richards View Post
    My apologies if you thought the table is real. I didn't think there'd be any mistake that it's a virtual table and I wasn't intending to pull a fast one or deceive anybody. It's just a SketchUp model at this point.
    it's not real? could've fooled me.
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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Well, thank you, gentlemen. I appreciate the compliments. Maybe since I drew the table I see the clues that it isn't a real table more easily.

    I drew the legs to match the original but I agree that the lower straight area could be a bit shorter. I have mixed feelings about the stretchers and aprons being flush with the legs but that is also based on the original. It would also be easy to change, though. A few weeks ago I drew plans for a table for FWW that have the aprons set flush with the legs. Maybe it's my lack of experience but I haven't run into many pieces built that way.

    One of these days I'll get my shop cleaned up and rearranged so there's room for a lathe and maybe I'll get to build one of these for real.

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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Looks good. The only thing I would change is shorten the apron.

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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Dang, Dave. Your SketchUp models look a whole lot more realistic than mine. I assume you "painted" the grain and color. If so, where did you find a material to import? I'm probably not asking this question correctly.
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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Bill, I don't know that you're asking the question incorrectly. I understood it anyway.

    So first, the material is from a photo of an entire board--actually there are photos of two different boards from the same tree. These were kind of short but they were pretty wide. I think the boards were 5-1/2 feet long and a bit over 12" wide. I did a little editing in an image editor before bringing them into SketchUp as materials. (I've done a blog post or two about this and I can look up the links if you want) The other thing I did for this one is to run it through a rendering program called Kerkythea (free software) to create the reflections and shadows and so on. So this isn't a direct from SketchUp image. Here's another version with a pair of boring ladder back chairs. It needs something. Maybe I'll repaint the chairs.



    The grain on the leaf looks huge but it's accurate for the board and the size of the table.

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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Richards View Post
    I don't know where to put this so I guessed. Probably not the right place but there you go.

    I thought I'd share something I've been working on. It's a little tavern table in the Colonial style. For a size reference, the leaf is about 11-1/2 in. across the grain.


    I don't especially like the heavy stretchers but they are true to the original. I'm guessing the stretchers were made heavy because patrons in the tavern would likely put their hob-nailed boots on them and the added thickness increased longevity.

    This is on my list of things to really build when I get time to get into the shop for real.

    Thanks for looking.
    When you get ready to build it - I would consider a glue up on the top that drop leaf is wide and surely will warp at some point... Other than that I think the stretchers are fine thick like that.


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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

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    When you get ready to build it - I would consider a glue up on the top that drop leaf is wide and surely will warp at some point....
    Whaddaya mean? I'm going to build it with particle board and contact paper.

    No. You're right. It probably shouldn't be made out of a single board even if I've got one wide enough.

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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

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    Whaddaya mean? I'm going to build it with particle board and contact paper.

    No. You're right. It probably shouldn't be made out of a single board even if I've got one wide enough.
    What no MDF


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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    Particle board is cheaper?

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    Re: A Colonial Style Tavern Table

    No...
    You were just testing us - no you are going to just draw things and say "Hey what do you think?"

    I too thought it was real until I saw you say;

    "This is on my list of things to really build when I get time to get into the shop for real."

    I went back and looked at it and my only "give-away" was the perfect floor...

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