Marquetry card table by John Linnell

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Blog series by Longcase updated 09-07-2017 11:18 PM 7 parts 11328 reads 27 comments total

Part 1: A bit of history and building the frame

04-25-2016 02:10 AM by Longcase | 8 comments »

I remember the moment I became interested in marquetry, it was while on vacation in England that I visited Keddlestone Hall ,a National Trust property in Derbyshire and saw this card table. The table was made in 1765 by the cabinetmaker John Linnell The marqueteur who worked for the Linnell firm at the time was Christopher Fuhrlohg, who was Paris trained possibly in the Simon Oeben workshop. Fuhrlohg was a Swedish cabinetmaker who returned to his native country a few years later...

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Part 2: Adventures in casting pt 1

04-27-2016 04:33 AM by Longcase | 2 comments »

As mentioned previously, the folk at Keddlestone Hall allowed me to take many photos , these are pics of the cast feet ,I think made of bronze (maybe brass).I realized with all the detail I could not use sand casting and really the only option was to use the lost wax technique, therefore I needed a copy of the original. For some strange reason the people at Keddlestone were not keen about me taking one of the orginals off the table to use as a pattern, so I tried carving a pattern...

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Part 3: Adventures in casting pt 2

04-28-2016 01:51 AM by Longcase | 2 comments »

Now the flasks are placed in the oven upside down and then heated up , first to 300 degrees F and held there for 2 hours so that the wax can run out of the flask. The oven in now heated up to 1370 degrees F over a period of 6 hours and held there for 2 hours , this completely removes any residue of wax that may be left in the flask,the oven temperature is now lowered to 1100 degrees F and held there ready for pouring. While the flasks are cooling down in the oven to 1100 F the bronz...

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Part 4: Legs finished ( well almost)

11-13-2016 01:06 AM by Longcase | 2 comments »

In the previous post it can be seen that the oak carcass needs veneering, the legs are veneered in mahogany and grooved to except the satinwood strips The next step was to make the oval inlay motif , this turned out to be more complicated than expected, the original Linnell table is a satinwood oval with the design drawn onto it with ink, but I made mine from individual pieces . I made what seemed like dozens of ovals before I ended up with eight that were except able.Sorry for th...

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Part 5: Base almost finished

12-18-2016 06:47 AM by Longcase | 5 comments »

I have been quite busy the last few weeks trying to get the base to my interpretation of the Linnell table finished,first thing to do was get the marquetry panels glued onto the rails. Here I will explain with the aid of a few photos the techniques I used, The first photo is an electrical heating pad along with a controller I made I will explain why this is used. I brush hide glue onto both the marquetry panel and rail then let it dry The back side had been previously hammer ve...

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Part 6: Table top banding

01-04-2017 04:14 AM by Longcase | 3 comments »

Time to turn my attention to making the banding on the table, the banding is very narrow, only 3/16” wide.!! As can be seen on the original table ,it is made up of 2 different veneers (satinwood and mahogany)each being .036 thou , stacked in 2 ways,satinwood /mahogany/satinwoodmahogany/satinwood/mahoganyAnd glued together I made a simple jig to cut the veneer sandwich, the lengths being 1/16” for the small pieces and ...

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Part 7: Bronze swags

09-07-2017 11:18 PM by Longcase | 5 comments »

The bronze swags are now finished and have been fitted to the legs, the process was much the same as for the feet.Again Ben Furse carved me the pattern from photos,as before a wonderful job Next a silicon mold was made The wax is now injected into the mold ,so that a sacrificial (lost wax) copy is made.After the bronze has been poured ( see the previous blogs on casting for the process) the final pieces are removed from the flaskThe final steps included chasing (cleaning) the pieces and b...

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