Category Archives: Dining Tables

Dining tables made by Gary Weeks & Company: Mitchell Trestle, McCoy Pedestal, Johnson Pedestal, Phillips Leg & Apron, Paschall Leg & Apron

Custom Paschall Table Complete

We completed the table mentioned in the blog of August 9.  We got it before the backdrop and snapped a few shots as the truck arrived to deliver it.  Today, I am still calling it a “custom” Paschall Table, but … Continue reading

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A Custom Paschall Table

One of our leg-at-corner tables is called the Paschall Table after my Uncle Charles Paschall, whose shop behind his house always called me.  The turned legs are the defining characteristic of this design. Liking the shape of the Paschall leg … Continue reading

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Chairs for the Bride and Groom

I had hoped to post to this shop log without such a lapse as eight weeks.  In fact, I had hoped to post once a week.  Sustained efforts are difficult — Dad’s Aunt May, who ranched for decades after the … Continue reading

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Laminating an Elliptical Curved Apron

Making curved aprons, we saw strips on the tablesaw, 5/32” thick by 3” high.  We true the thickness and smooth the surface of these strips on the widebelt sander, finishing at 1/8” thick.  We bolted the form  (described in the … Continue reading

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Making an Elliptical Laminating Form for a Table Apron

We are building a pedestal dining table.  The top is a mathematically true ellipse with a correspondingly curved apron.   The lengths of the major and minor axes of the ellipse describing the tabletop are 68” and 50.” To build the … Continue reading

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Designing a Custom Dining Table with an Elliptical Top

Prospective patrons wanted an elliptical tabletop on a pedestal to seat six.  It took several exchanges of drawings and comments to find the size.  A mathematically true ellipse is a very pleasing shape, but the useable space on and under … Continue reading

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Rubbing Out a Polyurethane Varnish Finish

Most of our tabletops are finished with polyurethane varnish.  Polyurethane is the toughest, most flexible, least obtrusive, and most durable clear-coating available.  It is resistant to water, alcohol, household chemicals, scratching, chipping, and wear.  But its application is demanding and … Continue reading

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