William and Mary table

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Project by Fred Hargis posted 04-27-2021 11:28 AM 605 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to make something with turnings for some time. this showed up in an issue of PWW and so I gave it a try. I’m not a turner though I do have a lathe of most of the basic tools. My inability as a turner is apparent in the legs of the table. Even so, I’m satisfied with the way it turned out. I turned a lot of practice legs (7 total, out of poplar and doug fir) before I put cherry into the lathe. Beyond the legs and feet turnings, and the stretchers, the rest of it is a fairly simple table.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#1 posted 04-27-2021 11:58 AM

Nice job, what.did you use for the finish?

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#2 posted 04-27-2021 01:18 PM

Really great looking and the finish sets it off. Great workmanship.

-- Ron

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 04-27-2021 02:12 PM

The finish is juts varnish. My last can of P&L 38 I had in my stash.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 04-27-2021 03:19 PM

Really nice Fred. It’s only going to look better as it ages deepens in color.

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#5 posted 04-27-2021 04:07 PM

Lots of details to get right besides just the legs, wood and finish look spectacular, very well done!

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#6 posted 04-27-2021 04:59 PM

Really nice piece Fred. Looks to me like you are channeling your inner Rob M. Nice work.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#7 posted 04-27-2021 06:17 PM

That is beautiful. Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#8 posted 04-27-2021 07:29 PM

a very pretty table. Looks great! :)

-- Tom

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#9 posted 04-27-2021 08:43 PM

Very nice and well done. The wood is beautiful and the combination of turned legs and bottom spreaders looks good.

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#10 posted 04-27-2021 09:09 PM

Sweet!, one beautiful table. The turning look perfectly fine, not sure what you meant by “inability”. Love the cherry too, and as mentioned by BurlyBob, it’s going to get better with age.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 04-28-2021 05:17 AM

Look at that – a brand new HEIRLOOM.

That’s a treasure.

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#12 posted 04-29-2021 09:08 PM

I was sure surprised when you said you weren’t a turner. I really like the look. To me it looks 13th century.
Some of my favorite pieces are from that period.
What stain if any and finish did you use?

-- James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 04-30-2021 01:19 PM

No stain, just P&L 38 varnish.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#14 posted 05-08-2021 01:02 PM

I love the figure in the top.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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