Philadelphia Slab Table

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Project by chobbs66 posted 01-25-2011 10:13 PM 2369 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All, I have not posted any projects on LJ in a really long time… sorry about that.

But, I recently got pictures of a table I finished in 2010. It is modeled after a table I saw in a Winterthur publication. The original was from Philadelphia, made in the Chippendale style, so I tried to carry through the character of the original, even though this was not an exact reproduction.

This was my second piece with carved ball and claw feet, and I think these were MUCH better than the first set. The carved moldings were fun to do. By far the most difficult portion was the carving on the knees. At this I just think I need to keep practicing.

Wood: Walnut and Red Oak (back rail and interior bracing)

Finish: Aniline Dye and shellace

Dimensions: 48” L x 34” H x 22” D

Top: Granite

Thanks everyone for checking it out. I look forward to your comments. Cal

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#1 posted 01-25-2011 11:36 PM

Nice to see a fine period piece in the projects section. Hope to see more of your work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 12:18 AM

This is a prize piece of woodworking, WOW, that is nice, your carving is exceptional, you must have strong hands, the little carving I have done causes my hands to wear out quick, bravo on an excellent work of art, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 12:33 AM

Awesome work Cal, carvings look great!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 02:12 AM

Very nice. Excellent! Almost makes me want to make something like that with carvings.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 03:59 AM


Now that’s a masterpiece! The carvings are excellent. Everything about it looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 01-26-2011 05:49 AM

Wow, that is a great piece of work! The ball and claw feet are so realistic, you expect it to get up and walk away! Great job, and please post some more projects. We would love to see them!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#7 posted 01-26-2011 11:45 AM

Now thats a project, you did an excellent job on the carving. I’ve been to Winterthur and you could set this in any of there rooms and it would fit right in.

-- Billp

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