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Knights Of The Round Table

I did my good deed for the week and rescued an old round/oval table. These tables all suffer from the same design flaw, since the factories copy each other and they don't care about it lasting much beyond the show room door.  A table with a central leg will only last if it is made from steel. A wooden table that is light enough that normal human beings can still lift it, will eventually split, due to the enormous leverage from the table edge onto the central leg. The central leg is made from four planks glued together and then turned on a lathe - which also weakens it.  The four feet, are invisibly bolted through into the hollow. When a knight in heavy armour leans on the table, the central leg tends to split at the bottom or top. I wedged the spars open and poured in some white glue and let it run down, while spreading it with a little swizzle stick and wiping up with a damp cloth.  Then I clamped it and drilled four holes for dowel rods (the little white points above the clamp ja

The Office

The Office Do you still remember what an   Office   is? Those large multistorey buildings where we all used to fearlessly share   our cold and flu viruses like a   big happy family ? The Book   on a lectern where you sign in/out, with   The Witch   glaring at you for being   ten seconds   late, whether your nails are clean and your shirt tucked in.  The front desks that are slightly bigger, with a better quality desk lamp and which may even have a   carpet !  The CARDEX cards along the wall, the clattering Telex machine at the back...     Mid 20th Century Office It is interesting to note how the desks get gradually more messed up towards the rear of the room.  That is always where the   real work   gets done. Have fun! Herman