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Old 04-22-2019, 12:14 PM   #1
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New table for our 5.0TA

We weren't able to take our table with us to Chilliwack, but had it all built and ready to install as soon as we got home. It's a 36" diameter round table with drop leaf sides, 24" wide with the sides down. Mary had a stencil custom designed to fit the top and spent a lot of hours painstakingly painting the pattern and then adding 3 coats of urethane on top to give it a nice durable finish. We actually took a cardboard mockup of this table to Chilliwack with us last fall and sat in the U-shaped dinette in the showroom to determine that the size would work well.

We will never use the dinette as a bunk so that is not a factor. We wanted a single post to maximize legroom, and it had to be a solid post that I could wrap with sisal for a cat scratcher...a Springfield with the telescoping sections would not work for that. I found a good post with a threaded mount to the base that is very sturdy....but not sturdy enough alone for this heavy table top, so I will be adding a brace from the post to the back dinette bench, and will reinforce the bench wall just like you would do for a Lagun mount. That means that the post will not be easily or quickly removable, but the table top can be lifted off the post and set aside if I need to do a bunch of work on something under one of the dinette benches.

We wanted the table to be all the way against the back wall so that it's easy to get in and out of the dinette, but also for it to slide forward to be closer to the kitchen when Mary has a big cooking project going. I built a slide mechanism using heavy duty drawer slides, solid as a rock when open. It was interesting having to work around and over the housing for the sliding support bars under the side leaves, but it all worked out. A thumbscrew tightens the table in any slide position, a must for travel with a front to back slide. We also have a Dicor slide on the way and I will take a look at that when I get it to see how it would work with this table top.

One rather humorous note - Mary chose the turquoise color for the stenciled design to coordinate with some curtains she was planning. After spending a week in the trailer she is close to deciding against those curtains, and the turquoise will not work so she may decide to get another identical table top and just go with a natural wood finish and no painted design....we may have a nice stenciled table top available if anyone local is interested
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:22 PM   #2
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Very nice. I really like the table. BUT you'd better start charging your cats rent for all the nice things you're doing inside the trailer for their comfort.
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Old 04-22-2019, 12:33 PM   #3
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A lot of good work in that project.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:01 PM   #4
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I had my springfield installed so the edge of the table is even with the rise in the floor for just that reason, space to spread out while cooking without tripping or stumbling. Counter space is even more at a premium in the 17. I'm hoping to get one of the second order phase four way sliders.

Oh, man, I'd hate to see all that beautiful work go to waste. Maybe some square pillows with the fabric she had intended to coordinate with the green? Use the fabric to cover the valances?
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Can never have too many table tops, I've got 3 so far and looking for the right woods for a 4th.
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Old 04-22-2019, 01:59 PM   #6
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Can never have too many table tops, I've got 3 so far and looking for the right woods for a 4th.
Well, we are thinking that 3 will be our limit....but then we said that about cats once and the universe almost immediately sent another cat to our door.
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Very nice!
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Old 04-22-2019, 04:44 PM   #8
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A lot of good work in that project.
It was definitely a team effort - Mary has a terrific sense of style and color, and I am a colorblind carpenter
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Beautiful table. Doesn’t the drop leaf prevent you from being able to sit with it in that configuration because you lose your knee space? Or is only used like that when you would be lounging with feet up on the benches?
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:32 PM   #10
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Beautiful table. Doesn’t the drop leaf prevent you from being able to sit with it in that configuration because you lose your knee space? Or is only used like that when you would be lounging with feet up on the benches?
The drop leaf falls just above our legs when we are sitting there - doesn't show that well in the photo but we find that there is enough room that we don't hit it.
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