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Table by Day [Dec. 20th, 2011|11:36 am]
[Current Mood |cheerful]

Fairly early this morning, I went back over to gloat (yes, gloat) over New Table and take pictures of it in enough light, really.    Also to check how the spacing of chairs went with five on a side (thus seating 12),  check spacing with the overflow table, check how much room there would be for serving dishes between place settings, and...to gloat.  Of course.

Overflow table is on the right with a white cover.  New Table is set up for ten, but with all leaves in.   Overflow table will actually be another few inches away from the big one.   There's a...um...mild difficulty when robust people are sitting back to back at the two tables and someone needs to go up the "aisle" between them.  Every inch of clearance counts.   (This room wasn't built for what we use it for, but if I built such a room, it would be at least 24 feet square to allow easy clearance around and between tables no matter the size of diners.   And I'd probably add a few more feet lengthways to have an uninterrupted serving counter--20 feet of it--along one or both ends.   But I'm very luck to have the use of this room, so not planning to tear it off and start over.)
Gently set some plates, a turkey platter, and a vegetable bowl on it to see what that looked like and how serving dishes would fit with various spacing of place settings (picture taken between adjustments, so it looks a little strange, maybe.)  Of course, when actually eating there, the table will have protection--place mats, runners, or tablecloth, and trivets for serving dishes with hot stuff. 

Finally, a comparison of the "five chairs a side" (near) to the "four chairs a side" (far)  with the table at full length.
Then I ran my hands over the top of it again, and sat down at it...yes, gloating again...before heading back to work.  Well, work after the pictures were up.

EDIT:   New pictures from Wednesday: added small Christmas decoration and then spread out long (LONG) piece of red & white checked gingham that had been folded in the linen closet for years as protection for the table--forgive the rumpled look.


[User Picture]From: judith_dascoyne
2011-12-20 05:42 pm (UTC)
This is a gloat worthy table.
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[User Picture]From: muaddim
2011-12-20 06:17 pm (UTC)
Funny thing,when i was a kid,it was called a 'kids table',the overflow one.
Go figure,this russians 8)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-12-20 07:26 pm (UTC)
There aren't any more kids in the group...the youngest is 14, I think, and the next youngest 28, so we can't have a kids' table unless we stick G- off in a room by himself, which is hardly polite. But yes, I remember being at the kids' table in someone else's house. As my generation started having kids, some rebelled against the idea of a kids' table as old-fashioned and autocratic, so many of us (whether we had kids or not) went with the flow and did what our friends wanted.

In an all-adult (or nearly all adult) group, I don't think anyone wants to call it a kids table.
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2011-12-20 06:21 pm (UTC)
it is a really cool table
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[User Picture]From: green_knight
2011-12-20 07:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats on achieving table - it looks wonderful, solid and sophisticated and you want ust stroke the surface.
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[User Picture]From: martianmooncrab
2011-12-20 07:24 pm (UTC)
Its always lovely to have a good working piece of furniture, and its wonderful to have such a lovely large table, but the crowning glory is the people you have around it..
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[User Picture]From: zhai
2011-12-20 07:47 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! I really like the size. Roomy enough for plates but close enough that you don't have to shout across the table.
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From: sunfell
2011-12-21 01:28 am (UTC)
Having recently scored a wonderful table myself (seats 8 with the leaf in) at a flea market before Thanksgiving, a little Table Gloating is not a bad thing.

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[User Picture]From: knittingwoman
2011-12-21 01:44 pm (UTC)
it's a gorgeous table but it makes me tired just thinking about that many people in 1 room. Although we will be a group of at least 16 if we our immediate family all sits down together next summer for ds#2's wedding and that doesn't include dates for ds#3 and ds#4. I have a table that can seat 4 down each side and we have an old church pew instead of chairs on one side:)
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[User Picture]From: Kate Douglas
2011-12-21 05:30 pm (UTC)

absolutely gorgeous!

I love your new table, but it makes me nostalgic for our big country kitchen in the old house and the table that would stretch to seat sixteen. Now our kitchen is too small to hold one that big, though it's safely stored in the basement for the next move. There's nothing better than gathering everyone at the same table and sharing a meal.I wish you many wonderful meals and joyful times at this one.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2011-12-22 12:29 am (UTC)
That is a stunning table!

Mum uses a flat-ish padded underlay beneath the tablecloth on hers; protects the timber from even dropped knives, drink rings which might soak through the cloth during a meal, etc.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2011-12-24 03:53 am (UTC)
In our family, the "kids' table" was tv trays, for which my fellow & I always volunteered, as there was more room than at the adult table. My uncle's current batch of stepkids [he had 3 over the course of his life] were thrilled to be sitting with the grownups, so everyone wound up with more room.

That said, your table is the ideal form of gorgeous table; Papa Plato approves.
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