Walnut Federal Table

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Project by kenn posted 06-22-2015 06:00 PM 1550 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table at Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking. I wrote several blogs about my experience but the quick summary is I had a blast, learned a lot, improved my skills and came home with this table.

It is made of walnut with poplar as a secondary wood. The top is 18 3/4” wide by 17 3/4” deep and it is 27 1/4” tall. The finish is shellac, mostly clear shellac but a couple of coats of Amber shellac to warm it up. The pull is antique brass from Ball and Ball. The legs are mortised to accept the apron’s tenons. The front upper rail is dovetailed into the legs while the lower rail has a twin tenon. I used a scratch bead for the profile around the drawer.

I think the pictures are self explanatory. It is a nice size table. It was fun to build.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 07:13 PM

Nice job, Ken!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 07:49 PM

Nice work! I’ve made two tables and now am working on my first with a drawer. So it really can be done, eh? lol Love the dovetails too!

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 08:37 PM

Love the simple lines- sort of “Shakeresk”. That’s quite a nice chunk of walnut for the top, also.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 06-23-2015 12:05 AM

That’s the best way to brush up on your skills … coming home with a piece of functional art when all is said and done! Great workmanship “grade-A” Ken!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#5 posted 06-23-2015 01:25 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. There is something timeless about the design, tapered legs, one drawer. It works in any style from Federal to shaker and if you added a few details it can be Arts & Crafts too. Stick with it MyHogany, you’ll get it done.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 06-23-2015 05:54 AM

That is a real nice project and workmanship!
Thanks for sharing this piece of craftsmanship.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 06-23-2015 12:45 PM

Lovely, nothing less and looked as if you had a wonderful time in that class.
Classy and timeless.
Lovely details and finish.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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