Saving the Table
This article first appeared in The Hobbyist Machine Shop under the "Sawdust" tab. Now that I have this web site in operation, it seems more fitting to appear here.
In the THMS web site is the story of the "Great Wreck." That story mostly deals with my workshop and all the damage to the tools and machines when a neighbor accidentally drove through my garage door. The old hit-the-accelerator-instead-of-the-brake trick seen on TV from time to time.
It is nice to build things totally from scratch. But there is also great satisfaction from restoration and refinishing. I learned a lot of the process from an early age. So I don't see doing this sort of work as an unachievable goal. Repairs are kind of like being a doctor setting broken bones. The patient doesn't complain but I can feel the pain looking at something as bad as this table.
This table is not (I suspect) any sort of long lost heirloom of untold value. There is no fancy finish work or master craftsman or makers mark. It is probably a table that was available to the masses. Its only rarity is that it has survived so long. Also it is a piece my wife remembers from early childhood as being an "old" table.
It is our only dining table and is used for every family "big meal". We thought of trashing it after the wreck. However, I had to uphold my reputation than Dan can fix ANYTHING! Any other table would not have been the same.