Custom Built Acadian Style Cypress Tables

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Project by Joseph Cataldie posted 08-07-2009 01:27 AM 13811 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some Acadian style Kitchen tables that I’ve been building for some time. Made from Bald Cypress, the state tree of Louisiana. The tops and aprons are made from 1 inch thick planks. The legs are tapered down, solid pieces. Based on a traditional design found at the L.S.U. Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge, LA.

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-- Joey C., Baton Rouge, LA,

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 01:56 AM

Laminating is probably the easiest thing you will do, make sure your glue surfaces are perfectly flat ie; planer, or glue line blade, and cover the surface with white or yellow carpenter’s glue and clamp well and let dry. Then use as normal. You might try to match colours so they are not too noticable. I live in Acadian country, Shediac New Brunswick Canada,
Jackass (Jack Keefe)
Nice tables by the way, I like the simplicity.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 02:02 AM

Some nice tables to go with the benches. Great combination.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 08-07-2009 02:03 AM

Thanks for the tips! You live in the original Acadian country! Very cool. Is the style and architecture there similar to that here in South Louisiana?

-- Joey C., Baton Rouge, LA,

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#4 posted 08-07-2009 02:30 AM

Great lookin table. Nice finish. I recall having a big crawfish boil on tables like that back in my youth…

What part of S. LA? I’m originally from New Iberia….being part cajun and choctaw…with a bit of Irish flung in there somehow.

And as Jack says up there…laminating is easy….but make sure you match grain colors and direction. I use a slow fixing glue like Titebound III so that I can make sure everything matches for I clamp up. Also, clamp the heck out of it as you dont want to see a bunch of voids or a glue line….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 08-07-2009 02:38 AM

The older styles are very similar to what you are doing, more modern now and only Acadian style seen in antiques per se, there are some very valuable antiques that pop up from time to time. As I said before I like the simplicity. Good luck with your law degree. By the way look up Curio Antiques in your google search engine, or simply type in “acadian antiques” you might get some ideas.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#6 posted 08-07-2009 03:22 AM

Absolutely love the look. Simple. Respects the wood. No embellishments. Congrats!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#8 posted 12-20-2009 05:24 AM

The table has very nice lines. I have some white oak posts that I am air-drying right now. The green cut dimensions were 4×4, 4×6, 4×8 and 4×10, all about nine feet long. I know that oak is a different beast from Cypress, but splitting of the ends can be controlled and all wood dries out in the center eventually. If you know a tree cutter who can keep an eye out for a nice trunk of Cypress for you, you could then have the wood milled to your specs if you have the storage space. Good luck.

Carpenter, trial attorney, procrastinator, mechanic

-- Ian

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#9 posted 02-14-2011 11:54 PM

What are the dimensions of the legs at the top (before the taper)?

-- Phil Midland, TX

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#10 posted 01-03-2012 03:12 AM

My grandfather was full blooded cajun and grandmother half Chochaw. I am from East Texas and part German, indian,cajun and Texan.

-- David, Center,Texas

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