Biedermeier/30's Dining Room Table #4: - Ready for finish

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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 08-05-2014 06:40 PM 2379 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last time I posted on that project I was steam bending my mouldings.

The columned were veneered in a previous post.

Since this post we had another job to do a video on veneering column with Liquid Hide Glue that we posted on our Old Brown Glue playlist on youtube. It is uploading at the moment so go see it later if you are interested in learning how to veneer columns, we are pretty proud of it.

The columns were turned with groves to allow for black rings.

The rings were turned in cherry dyed and broken to be glued in place. I rather break than cut as it will not change the dimensions and also the break will glue back perfectly to its original place.

With that done the base was ready

One last steam bending, I used the apron to steam bend the mouldings for the apron and the top to be sure not to damage my top veneer.

What I love about hide glue and particularly Old Brown Glue, as it is so easier to work with on big glueings, is that I can mess up. Here the moulding was not flush so a bit of water a hot iron and hop! Done.

We have bolts going through each columns to connect with the top. We had a plate made by our friend Jesus who makes our chevalet kits for the school.

The plate was inserted in the capital with a wooden piece on top to allow for more glue surface.

Then the capital was glued to the table.

Leaving access to the bolt, hopefully rightly placed.

We found some nice original rails for a round table in our parts room nicely called the graveyard. We can pick up dead bones there and resurrect them in furniture.

The base is bolted on for a test run.

Then surprisingly enough it does not tip off, it is flat and everything open and close like a charm!

So couple touchups and sanding here and there and it is off for finishing, which will be the next and last post on that job!


-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 08-05-2014 11:05 PM

What can I say Patrice?
Superb? Amazing?
You have a talent to be admired and to be inspired by. I admire and am inspired.
Really well done buddy.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 11:59 PM

Do not push it to much buddy, I am blushing!!!

I struggled a bit on that one, I am 2 months behind schedule and couple pounds lighter.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 02:12 AM

Wow Patrice! that is one awesome table! Love the style :) Great work! love to see where you’ve been and where you’re headed!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 05:09 PM

It’s going to the finisher today or tomorrow.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 08:12 PM

Wonderful skilled work on this Patrice and great eye candy too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 08-07-2014 12:32 AM

Absolutely beautiful table!!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 08-08-2014 06:16 PM

For those rings, you just physically bent them and snapped them in half, letting the wood break along grain lines naturally? Talk about a unique idea. I don’t think I would have ever thought to purposefully break something in order to get the easiest method of cleanly installing it.

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#8 posted 08-10-2014 01:38 AM

Patrice this is just another example of the gorgeous work you and Patrick do. Magnifico!

You’re sending it out for finishing? What, no french polish on this one?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#9 posted 08-11-2014 06:21 PM

Thank you all.

Breaking the wood alongside the grain rather than cut is a marquetry trick we adapted to the situation.
You can snap a leaf in half giving you access to the inside cut line for shading and the grain will match, whereas if you had cut it with a knife or a rather blade it will leave a mark and a dark line.

No, no french polish on that one, the client wants a moderne finish, but we are not doing it, we are not qualified, we leave it to the professionals!

-- Patrice lejeune

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#10 posted 08-11-2014 06:27 PM

Oh, and the ring were not bent but turned, the molding beads, where steam bent.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#11 posted 08-21-2014 05:36 PM


I finally got time while at a “hot spot” to look at all your very educational photos. (My dial-up timed-out before they all opened.) I wish I were 50 years younger and could put some of the things I’ve learned from your blogs into practice, but it’s fun learning regardless. I really love the brilliance of the breaking-the-ring method.

Thanks for your willingness to take so much time to teach a dying art to us.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 08-21-2014 10:26 PM

Thank you.
I am grateful when I am able to work on such projects. I am feeling lucky. Anybody with time and practice can do anything we do, we are just stubborn in our practice and manage, god knows how, to find customers willing to support us in our efforts.
Sorry about all the pictures, but it is easier for me and take less time that trying to write a lot with a good english and I think it is also more explanatory.

-- Patrice lejeune

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