As strange as it seems, I have a question.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006 3:10 PM


Has anyone ever done a blueprint/building plan/structural drawing of the dining table in Serenity. Sure it's rustic and somewhat crude and abused. Though who of us here can't say we aren't. I was just wondering if anyone had ever thought of doing something like that. I wonder what ever happened to the original table in the first place. Perhaps someone can answer one of those questions.


Thursday, December 28, 2006 3:25 PM


I cannot answer any of you questions, but I can tell you taht you have good ideas. I'm sure if you ask around enough and get some referance pics some crafty Browncoat can surely draw up plans for the table at which our BDH's sit.


Thursday, December 28, 2006 6:28 PM


Rustic, crude and abused?
You got it. ::-) Heh.
I love that whole set so much that I saved the
photo from the home page here for wallpaper.
Most likely somebody in the decorating/dressing
department went out and got that table and chairs
(note the non-matching) from one or more thrift
Where it all went afterward -- well, the small stuff was snapped up by places like the prop
store -- the furniture? Permaybehaps someone
here has an idea.
If you want to get a better table and distress
it, I can tell you some things to do to it.

~Bastards singed my turtle~
~We aim to exponentiate~


Thursday, December 28, 2006 10:17 PM


I usedta be a stage carpenter and designer.I just looked at the Serenity by Gaslight picture. Here's a 1st approximation.

The table top is made of 6 2x10 planks, making it about 57" wide. I don't think they ever sat more than 8 at it at once, but I could be wrong. That would make the length about 8 to 9 feet. It looks like its got a metal pedestal leg under the near end. Probably another one under the other end.

Are you interested in building one? I could produce sketches, or even working and detail drawings, or CAD drawings, but I haven't got anything on hand, I'd hafta create it from scratch, which would take time and effort.

Next step, if you're interested: study more scren caps, look for more details , especially about legs.

Then, depending on proposed use, figure details of construction and finishing- a stage prop would be different from a piece for your living room, or to sell, or to mass produce.

After that, sketches, drawings, Bill of Materials, then get stuff and build one. Not really as hard as it sounds.


Friday, December 29, 2006 2:46 AM


America loves a winner!

What a neat question. And what of the Captain's? chair down at the far end? Wonder what the specs for that are as well.

People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don't like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy. - Joss

" They don't like it when you shoot at 'em. I worked that out myself. "


Friday, December 29, 2006 3:09 AM


I can't really help you with that but it's good to see somebody considering making something other than a Jayne hat. I don't have anything against Jayne hats it's just, how do you think Mal's bonnet feels, hmm? Have you ever thought about her feelings? Or Jayne's rainstick, maybe it's tired of playing second-fiddle to the hat. That's my rant, good luck with the table.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~> Scorpion owns all <~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


Friday, December 29, 2006 7:35 AM


Mal to S.Book " I look to share many more meals at our crude and abused table before you slip."



Friday, December 29, 2006 10:37 AM


second approximation.
I looked at the screen caps on and a floor plan I downloaded from Wikipedia.
The floor plan shows the table as 4 feet wide and 10 ft. long, but that just ain't so. That table would be long and skinny. This table is short and wide, probably closer to the 8 foot length I figured as minimum.
The top is made of 2 x 10's, probably Douglas Fir, but a coarse grained softwood. The planks are laid up with some gaps between, not tight side to side as I first thought.
There is a metal frame under the top, a box around all four sides. Looks like 2 inch angle iron. Could be aluminum, or stainless steel, by the way it catches light, but it looks like hot rolled mild steel.
Found 1 shot of the underside of the table top, and there are cleats across the center of the bottom, to help hold it square and stiffen it.
There is a metal pedestal holding the whole thing up. It's got a round, dome base.It's a silvery color, but not chrome. There might be 2, but if the table is as chunky as it seems to be, one would be enough to support it, especially if it's heavy enough.

And, hey, the chairs changed. In the BDP ( Big Damn Pilot), they were chromey, modern basket chairs- see the scene where Simon tells River's story. But by the Train Job, they were the mixed bag wooden ones we are used to.

BTW, thanx for the question. I saw it last night as I was starting work, and it kept me thinking FF and thinking on the table all thru the boring, routine task I had last night.


Monday, June 4, 2007 3:53 PM


I was just watching through the season (again) and I was just thinking how great that table was. Maybe I'll take a whack, or get someone to take a whack at constructing it.






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