In 1972, I bought a very old (1896) farmhouse which had been abandoned
for a number of years. My creativity gradually made it into a
very modern-looking house of that same basic size, including having
wide glass windows from floor to ceiling for the entire 42-feet
height of the three-story farmhouse. One such large window was in
the kitchen, where that single glass panel of 1/4" storefront
plate glass was 108" tall (due to 9-foot-ceilings in the house)
and 42" wide. It was a wonderful place to sit and view the grove
of Southern Pine trees adjacent to it. So the kitchen table soon
was established at that location.|
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I got pieces of walnut wood and cut deep grooves into each, to cover over the upward-aiming side of each of the angle-irons. So now the table was cantilevered and also a simple walnut square, upon which I placed a 1/4" glass tabletop. So we ate on that table.
In addition, there was the flat flange of the angle irons which were hidden under the walnut boards. I bought a sheet of single-strength glass which sat on small rubber blocks on those flat flanges. This then provided a second glass surface which was about 3" below the tabletop.
I put some of my collection of gemstones in that surface, where they then seemed to hover under the plates of food on the table. Over the years, the gemstones were sometimes replaced by pretty flowers or autumn leaves or other decorations.
A rather unique kitchen table, pretty walnut which appeared to almost hover without table legs, and where pretty decorations always appeared to hover below a card game or food. Occasionally, one or another of the nine housedogs would break a rule and sit under the table to look up through the table at plates and food, and where we would look down to see drooling faces down below! Until they would be reminded that there was a rule against begging and they would go into one of their rooms!
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