Birdseye table

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 02-11-2018 05:11 PM 1820 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a hybrid of a couple of Garrett Hack’s pieces.

It started out to be a table to hold the Pennsylvania spice box I made for my wife last winter but we decided that the birdseye maple top was just too nice to cover up and that we would enjoy it more in our living room.

The legs are red maple and beveled on 4 sides with walnut socks on the bottom. The aprons and top are both birdseye with a walnut cockbead under the aprons. The finish is shellac and wax which really made the figure pop.

This was my first time working with birdseye maple and I quickly learned that planing it required some special attention…but well worth the effort.

Thanks for looking…and thanks to Garrett Hack for sharing his talents!

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 07:51 PM

Wonderful table, Tom. I like the stance. I have only turned Birdseye and remember the adjustments to keep it together, amazing character.

Do you have reference for the sock detail? I would like to try it sometime.

Ed: thank you sir, I’ll look into that. You made great work of them.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 08:04 PM

The sock detail is from Garrett Hack’s spinner table video on FWW.
I trimmed 1/16 off on the table saw on 4 sides using a stop block then chiseled to finish the angle. Then I cut 1/8 thick material for the socks and glued one side at a time…hand plane to finish.

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 08:18 PM

Most excellent Hepplewhite  design, Tom. Great job on the tapered legs and walnut socks. Kudos!

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 09:31 PM

Tom, youv’e brought out the best in that birds eye. It’s visually stunning. Fine job and kudos to your skill.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 10:32 PM

very fine table indeed

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 02-12-2018 05:32 AM

Thank you!

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#7 posted 02-12-2018 10:14 AM

beautiful work and design

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#8 posted 02-12-2018 03:12 PM

Beautiful and elegant classic piece. Birdseye maple looks fantastic- myself also have some experiance with that wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 02-12-2018 03:19 PM


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