Fence the tables

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fence the tables in the ancient usage of Scotland, to debar from partaking in communion those guilty of any known sin
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Abbrev. of defence.

Usage

In literature:

The passing traveller was glad to tie his horse to the fence here, and sit down to the Judge's table.
"The Virginian" by Owen Wister
Each of the long tables of this Berlin dining hall, the ends of which faced me, was fenced off from its neighbours.
"City of Endless Night" by Milo Hastings
Describe the fences along the road from Texas to Table Rock Station.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
Fenced the tables from 'Christ's eyes of flame.
"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne" by Andrew A. Bonar
The adjacent table-land west of the village was dotted with farm-houses, partly surrounded by snake-fences and an occasional stone wall.
"The Story of Isaac Brock" by Walter R. Nursey
What most aroused the Chums' curiosity were the funny little fences he fastened on the table.
"Billy Whiskers' Adventures" by Frances Trego Montgomery
At a table inside the fence, Tom Tyler was seated with four other men.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
My friends thought that the incumbent of Lyngdal had behaved with courage and propriety in "fencing the table" against him.
"Aspects and Impressions" by Edmund Gosse
Wooden lattice fences, painted a bright orange, screened the tables from the pedestrian's section of the sidewalk.
"The Five Arrows" by Allan Chase
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In news:

Guide the scrap along the table saw fence to make the cut.
The 360-square-foot caboose will have an outdoor seating area with a three-foot-high fence around it and four or five tables with seating for a total of 16 to 20 people.
Its V-notch end wraps around the board's edge to hold the workpiece against both the table and the fence, and its flexible tines produce a gripping action.
We used this simple jig to keep plastic laminate from lifting during the cut or from slipping under the saw's rip fence, since most fences rest slightly above the saw's table.
Aligning the T-bolts on my router table's fence with the T-track slots in the table was a hassle.
(Alternatively, use the blade of your table saw to cut the groove by making your first cut and then moving the fence incrementally.
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