Federalist style writing table

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Project by NH_Hermit posted 01-26-2015 12:52 PM 1567 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one was (is) a Federalist style writing table to replace the large S. Bent country kitchen table I used as a desk for some 25 years. I liked the walnut grain so much, I did not do as much string inlay as I normally do with my Federalist projects, but I did add the fluting to the legs and got to work on my skills of making half-blind dovetail drawer joints. The finish is several coats of tung oil and paste wax. Fun project!

This will be the last time I use MinWax paste wax. I’m trying to decide between MyLands and Renaissance Wax.

My new definition of retirement, “Every day is a Saturday, and every night is a Friday night.” I should have retired 40 years ago.

-- John from Hampstead

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 12:57 PM

Good detail on the legs! The federal style is one of my favorites.

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 03:41 PM

Very nice work on this John. The stringing looks super and the whole table is a real beauty. Congratulations on your retirement. I couldn’t agree more about all those Saturdays and Friday nights, but when you get as old as me and slow down, you will wonder where all that free time went. Meanwhile have fun and stay healthy!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 03:54 PM

I think the stringing is a perfect complement to the walnut … nice work!

Congrats on your retirement.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 05:28 PM

Beautiful table. I can only hope to have these skills one day.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 05:59 PM

John, you did a fine job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 12:14 AM

Great piece, but you need to show off the stringing a bit more … did you use Holly? what tools do you use?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 01:57 PM

Yes, I used Holly. I’ve tried other woods like bass, maple, and poplar, but none look as good as holly. I found three nice pieces out on EBay and got them as a Christmas gift. I have the Lie-Nielson tool set.

and thanks everyone for your comments.

-- John from Hampstead

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