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post #2746 of 8489
I don't know what you guys are doing to your marble and wood to make it high maintenance. In my experience neither is.
post #2747 of 8489
our kitchen counter is absolutely disgusting looking. I hate it so much, we're considering paying for an Ikea counter and having the super install it. need to pass this by the landlord first.
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I bought one of the McMaster-Carr tops, I'm happy with it as a work bench. Made by John Boos and comes in a variety of sizes. I considered the Ikea top as well, but shipping from MMC was much more reasonable.

Here's a really shitty picture of it;

The base came out of the engineering lab of the local University.
post #2749 of 8489
ikea is just a quick/easy/cheap consideration #1. Given my wife's line of work, she can reach out to a bunch of people and quickly get quotes to compare.
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

i don't like granite counters. heismatt once told me that too often it looks like somebody barfed all over the counter, but I thought nothing of it.

and then I visited my parents who have a big kitchen loaded with granite, and then I remembered heismatt's comment, and then I felt nauseated as I looked around.

I read this as heimat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heimat) but understood this was applied to Iammatt, someone I def wouldn't associate with that concept. Weird

total non sequitur, I know

I personally don't want granite or marble anything but I am not against it. My kitchen is stainless.
post #2751 of 8489
Hoes I like 'em brainless
Kitchens I like 'em stainless
post #2752 of 8489
Damn this was half the price 6 years ago, was 595£ now 1095£

Edited by Find Finn - 9/22/13 at 1:52pm
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Those appeal to me.
post #2754 of 8489
It's a Hans Olsen Dinette set, almost bought one back when it was 595.
post #2755 of 8489
Been obsessing over scandinavian workbenches lately. Not sure if my excitement will be shared here, but they are often very spectular works of craftsmanship.

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I don't understand. Do you need a bench to work on?
post #2758 of 8489
Mine is currently a work in progress, so 'sort of', I have the top and legs and am forming ideas for for the vises. My interests are progressing from machine operations to further include hand work and the workbench is the heart of the operation for hand work.

A couple years ago I saw a mitered edge dovetail done by George Nakashima on one of his cabinets and was inspired by it. Here's a mitered edge dovetail.

Recently witnessed a Japanese craftsman building a dresser and making use of full blind dovetails and found some inspiration in his work. A full blind dovetail is something that is a lot of work, only looks acceptable when done to near perfect precision, and will likely never be appreciated by an end user or consumer since it is unseen. However its an incredibly strong joint which does not rely upon glue bond to remain intact, so he was using it for it's purpose rather than to display skill.

post #2759 of 8489
speaking of construction, what is the ideal construction for wooden legs on a dining table, end table, coffee table, etc?

reason I ask is I just bought a nice set of end tables at a good discount and noticed that there is a tiny bit of movement in the legs, but the existing screws are already firmly set in place. I'll take a couple of photos when I get home to display what I mean.

edit: I found a picture online that looks almost identical to what I see on the end tables I just bought -

post #2760 of 8489
It depends very much on the design. Obviously most table leg attachments have to consider the forces that will be put on them, the intended use and the design along with the materials used for the tabletop. A large solid wood tabletop had a lot of possibility for wood movement, where a tabletop made of MDF or Plywood with a veneer will move an inconsequential amount.

As a general guide I like table skirts to be reinforced from the inside with a block of wood running the full length of the skirt. Removable legs should have guide pin and be attached with bolts (not screws).

Obviously the various styles of table bases and legs all have their own circumstantial needs that are required in order to survive for a long period of time.
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