Walnut Federal Period Card Table

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Project by Dave posted 10-05-2011 09:40 PM 3142 views 8 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second attempt at a federal period card table. Pretty much like the first one but using different skills and different woods. I have never done any heavy veneer work until this. It would have been nice to have had a vacuum press. Starburst veneer tabletop.

Primary: Walnut, maple, walnut burl veneer, maple stringing, holly & ebony stringing, walnut & maple banding, lacewood veneer
Secondary: Poplar, 3/4” baltic birch ply, qtr sawn sycamore

Finished with 3 coats of Target Coatings Emtech EM8000cv semi-gloss waterborne varnish.

The waterborne finish went on just fine with no killer fumes to deal with. Time will tell how it hold up.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 09:48 PM

Man, that veneer is beautiful! Great attention to detail my friend, great job!

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 09:53 PM

A great piece. I’m impressed with the detail. congratulations.

-- Then, Than, Their, There, They're, To, Too, Two.....Pine, Maple, Walnut....We need to know the difference.....

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 10:11 PM

Gorgeous card table!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 10:21 PM

Fabulous, Dave!

And how did you spend the rest of the weekend? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-05-2011 10:48 PM

I liked the first one and I love this one Dave. The burls are beautiful and nicely matched, the marquetry is sweet and the construction is top of the line.
Great work !

PS…. I do have a vacuum press and I don’t think there is anywhere on this piece that I would have used it. What glue are you using?

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 10-05-2011 11:06 PM

Insane. The details are remakrable and the overall tone of the piece makes it look historical. Really works here. Meticulously approached. Very, very fine work.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 11:39 PM

This is an absolutely beautiful piece of furniture!!! Great inlay and stringing work!! I love it.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#9 posted 10-05-2011 11:59 PM

Great craftmanship, beautiful piece.

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#10 posted 10-06-2011 12:13 AM

Incredible Table & Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 10-06-2011 01:42 AM

It looks elegent,looks as good as anything I have seen in a museum.

-- Billp

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#12 posted 10-06-2011 01:45 AM

Amazing work Dave, everything about this table looks great!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#13 posted 10-06-2011 06:54 AM

Simply breath-taking. I love it. Incredible detail, inspiring.

Excuse my ignorance, but: if you did not use a vaccum press, did you use simply clamping pressure or a traditional veneer hammer technique?

Thanks for sharing!!!

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#14 posted 10-06-2011 06:57 AM

Wow, congratulations on achieving a spectacular 12 segment match on the table top. Stunning burl pattern. Did you use a set of mirrors to find the section of burl that would give you that pattern. Love the symmetry of it.

Thanks for sharing!

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

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#15 posted 10-06-2011 11:33 AM

Wowza, absolutely beautiful piece of furniture!!! Amazing top with the bookmatching of the grain. You hit this one out of the park.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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