Walnut Sewing Table

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Project by LumberGuy posted 03-13-2011 09:28 PM 1243 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my earlier projects that I am very fond of. I made this Walnut sewing table many years ago for Ms. Charm House. It has survived two moves, two children, and years of use. It has a removeable piece in the top that allows her to put her sewing machine on top of the table, or set the foot lower to make some sewing operations easier. There are small dowels on the inside of the door to hold spools of thread.

I am particularly proud of this piece because much of it was made from “found” wood with rather primitive tools. The spalted Sycamore panel was actually from a piece of firewood I had split, and thought the design was too nice to burn. Some of the Walnut came from a log in the Alcovy River. The bank where the tree had grown was undercut, and it had been in the river for some time. After pulling it out with a tractor, it was split up into thicknesses I could handle using wedges made from steel and Dogwood, then sawn using a Makita bandsaw with a 1-1/2” blade at the lumber yard where I work. The ends of the boards were sealed with polyurethane, and air dried for about two years. The legs were shaped using a drawknife and a “shaving horse” I had fashioned from a oak log. The dovetails were made using a dovetail saw, mallet and chisels. Mortises and tenons were also cut by hand. The drawer bottoms are plywood and extend beyond the sides of the drawers, so they can slide in grooves on the inside of the drawer case.

-- Reid, Georgia,

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 04:56 AM

Nice looking Walnut Sewing Table.

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