Biedermeier/Deco Dining Room Table

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Project by Patricelejeune posted 09-23-2014 01:03 AM 3479 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I will do a post about this dining room table we made and finally delivered.

It has been quite a fun project and at the same time full of challenges that I did not expect.

We started with a simple drawing for the client and has they were happy with it we were able to go forward right away

The base we decided to make out of beech at the bottom to had a maximum weight to avoid tipping over.

And the top “capital” was made out of poplar and the apron out of pine to try to keep it light weight on the top, again to avoid tipping over.

The base and the top have sun burst “parquetry”

Shaping the base

Toothing the wood before veneering

Patrick is pretty good at veneering collumns and so it was the easiest way to do it, using maple turned column as a substrate

We did a video afterwards on a restoration project so if you are interested in veneering column have a look at it

Here is what we got on that project. The paper is to hold the fiber of the veneer better and it is held down with hot hide glue, so it cleans up with cold water. The veneer is glued down on the column with Old Brown Glue.

For the top we decided on lumber core as it is a modern table and we were looking for flat and light. I added some mahogany trim so there would be solid wood for the pins between the leaf.

The top was veneer with Old Brown Glue in our manual press

Then the top was cut round

We had a special plate made to bolt the base to the top as we wanted to be able to go through doors easily and help a bit the finisher for the spraying.

And glued a wooden plate on top of it

Then we glued it to the top with liquid hide glue

We had some black cherry moulding that we steam bended into place and once dry secured with OBG

On the columns we had grove cut in the column that I carefully measured to be able to cut the veneer afterwards without goofing off

In those groove we inserted rings turned out of cherry and dyed black. We used a marquetry technique which is break the piece and glue it back together, the fibers will align perfectly and you will see nothing.

One of the reason I love hide glue is if I mess up, in this case the molding was not all the way in, a bit of moisture some heat applied and it’s back were it belongs

Then I adjusted the Antique rails we had waiting for a project like this one in our “graveyard”.

Bolted the all thing together

Everything work, we breath better, no tipping over at all, slides nicely, and the leaves fit.

We sent it to a finisher as we do not do spray varnish.

And finally delivered it only 2 months after due date.

We learned a lot on that project, especially about steam bending and we have to thank Russ Filbeck for that.

If you want to know more details about that project I did post blogs during the making and I believe there is more details.

Thank you for reading.


-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 09-23-2014 01:13 AM

Even after following the blogs this blows me away Patrice.
I could rave on but you know how I feel about your work.

Excellent !

-- 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 09-23-2014 01:44 AM

Patrice, the table turned out beautiful…... The starburst top is way cool and makes it come alive. How long did it take you to complete your build?

Your build proves the claim that ‘you never have enough clamps’.......

Very nice job

-- TheQueTip, Killeen Texas - All tools I've purchased from Harbor Freight eventually became a hammer.

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 02:16 AM

People…look no further for true woodworking…it is in this posting. Awesome.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#4 posted 09-23-2014 03:27 AM

Patrice, the entire project is amazing and thanks for providing so much detail. The starburst top looks spectacular. I could go on and on. Thanks so much for sharing this woodworking gem!!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#5 posted 09-23-2014 04:28 AM


Thanks for reviewing the build on this marvelous table! It’s nice to see the finished project. What incredible work. We learn so much from all the information you so graciously share.


-- “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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#6 posted 09-23-2014 02:56 PM

Blown away again. Though I still wolder why you guys don’t invest in a vacuum bag press for that kind of panel marquetry…

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#7 posted 09-23-2014 04:41 PM

Beautiful work all around! Well documented thanks for sharing!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#8 posted 09-23-2014 06:44 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments.
Yes you never have to much clamps. We ran out only once so far, when both of us decided the same day to clamp a all bunch of repairs and ended up fighting over the last ones.

As we have a flat press we favor it for flat veneering.
In Paris I had a small workshop and was using the vacuum bag for everything.
We use the vacuum bag only for curves. I did my guitar that way so I did not have to play with hot sand bag.

Because of the curve and counter curve I had to repress hot 3 spots but as I used liquid hide glue it was possible

Here are a couple reasons we just compiled with Patrick regarding this choice.

- We have a manual press so why not use it for flat surface. Also we are lucky to have the room for it.
- We can adjust the pressure from moderate to super tight.
- We can press from the middle first to the edges and squeeze the glue out, where the vacuum will starts pressuring from the edges.
- We can heat up the plates to press hot or repair.
- As a bonus we can listen to Pink Floyd without the humming in the background.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#9 posted 09-23-2014 06:49 PM

Ok I get it, glue squeeze-out and Pink Floyd :)
Man, that guitar of yours looks fantastic, either I’m running short on memory or I don’t recall seeing it before!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#10 posted 09-23-2014 06:55 PM

No, I was just checking I never posted it. We are teaching this week I will have time to get caught up on older stuff.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#11 posted 09-23-2014 07:00 PM

Also when I want a quick veneering the hot press with hot hide glue is the best.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#12 posted 09-23-2014 09:25 PM

That is a serious undertaking. I have been on a deco kick lately. Looks great!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#13 posted 09-24-2014 08:46 AM

Wow amazing, Thx for all the pics we love that here. I wish I could finish half as good, I’ive been having trouble with a table top this week. Ugh

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 09-24-2014 04:17 PM

Thanks. Be certain we had a lot of problems and challenges and cold sweat on that project, like everyone else.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#15 posted 09-24-2014 04:56 PM

You hopefully did. Easy is boring and not inspiring to go further. THIS is inspiring.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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