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Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Sara

Grooves are made with a router. My questions are: 1) is it imperative to have those grooves (and little pieces of wood) in order to maintain a taut surface? 2) How are the legs joined to the frame? 3) What kind of wood is it made of?
INEEDTOMAKETHISNOW. That is all.

Audra

OK, to the best of my ability, here are my answers: 1. No, I don't think it is imperative to have the grooves and little pieces of wood in order to maintain a taut surface, but I do think you would need some kind of substitute. Without actually trying it, I THINK some sort of insulation-type foam in place of the grooves and little pieces of wood could serve the same purpose. If it worked, the foam would be easier to manage when changing the fabric in the table. 2. The legs seem to be more narrow at the top with the narrowest part fitting into a groove (larger and deeper than the others) that runs all the way around the bottom side of the bottom frame. The legs are secured in the groove on each side with a small cube of wood and the whole deal is further secured with some kind of glue. 3. I have no idea what kind of wood its made of. I'll ask my mom since she payed for materials and labor (maybe she was quoted different prices for different woods?) but I'm not sure she will know either.

lt

The grooves/ wood sticks provide a "tooth" and "socket" to hold the fabric in place on 4 sides. Without the fabric taking a couple of bends at the perimeter, I predict it would slip loose under the pressure of little hands. These roomy big grooves (made by a router) are like the narrow grooves in a screenprinting frame that my students mount with spline.
Perhaps you could wood-glue/nail the 4 sticks into the upper grooves permanently. I can't imagine (without examining it myself) why they need to be loose at this point. Your solution of stretching the fabric, inverted, was brilliant.

Lorene

I heard about your tapestry table post after talking to your Mom so we thought we'd read it. The carpenter is very appreciative of your compliments! He read your post & replied below...here's what the carpenter had to say:

The wood is poplar. It is better than pine for this type of project. Oak or maple would be better but is much more expensive. The legs are 2x2 and they are dadoed on two sides at the top. The perimiter wood is then fit into the dadoes and glued. Then an inside perimiter wood is glued against the inside of the legs to stabalize the table and give support to the wood that is placed across the top of the base. Yes, a router was used to make the grooves. I did not have much time to complete this project in time for Easter because of other commitments. I probabably would have made an easier way to hold the fabric in place if I'd had more time. I did not want to use anything sharp like teeth because kids could get hurt. Your idea of using foam instead of grooves and sticks would work but you would still have to turn the table upside down to insert the fabric and hold it in place before you latch the top to the base. I suppose if a thin through slit was made in place of the grooves you could have pulled the material into the slit and then partially latched it and then made your final tightening before you fully latched the the top. Who knows? I just hope you and your kids enjoy it!

Audra

YaY! Lorene, I'm so glad you and Don were able to read this post. Thank you so much for all of the information you shared about how the tapestry table was made. I'm not sure if my mom told you, but M's teacher was one of the people who was curious about how it was constructed because she was interested in making one for her classroom at MCS. So...next time you see my mom do you think you could show her how to comment on blog posts? I know she reads this, but I don't think she knows how to respond ; )

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