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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Making a Foot for Our Mitchell Trestle Table Base

We build this trestle table regularly, and in various sizes. The table in the photo above has three uprights at each end and a rail tying the ends together.  For wider and longer tables, we use four uprights on each … Continue reading

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Photos of the largest table we have built

We built a Mahogany trestle table, with a top 2 -1/2″ thick x 48″ wide x 16′ long.  It was delivered in April.  (See shopblog postings beginning with Starting a Custom Mahogany Table)  The patron sent photos of it and … Continue reading

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Jointing a Tabletop

When we unload wood from a truck and when we spread lumber to select furniture parts, we look for tabletop boards.  These are boards that are flat sawn from straight logs with exceptional color, figure, and character.  We store them … Continue reading

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Joining, Leveling, and Completing the Top

Our lumber is delivered rough (not straight, flat, or smooth).  Before we can joint or rip, we need a straight edge.   We have built a machine for producing a straight edge on a board.  In the photos below, you can … Continue reading

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Building the Trestle

A tabletop, 2-1/2” thick x 48” wide x 16’ long is heavy.  To support it, we increased the size of our larger Mitchell Table base and added two center supports.   This definition of trestle comes to mind: a braced frame … Continue reading

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Rough Planing the Mahogany Tabletop

These two mahogany planks are too large and heavy for our machinery.  They must be planed by hand.  Jeff, visiting craftsman, used the finishing plane to reveal the figure and see how the wood would work . . . beautiful … Continue reading

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Starting a Custom Mahogany Table

We build custom tables to accompany orders of our chairs.  The wood arrived today for the largest table we have ever built.  This custom request was for a very sturdy table, with a top at least 2” thick, 4 feet … Continue reading

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