A walnut sofa table with Jacobean influences

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Project by John Fry posted 04-30-2008 03:37 AM 2563 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest project upload to LumberJocks.

This commissioned table required many different woodworking procedures and was a lot fun to build. You can see the construction tutorial on my blog by clicking HERE

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#1 posted 04-30-2008 04:50 AM

Gorgeous piece. Great work!

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

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#2 posted 04-30-2008 05:29 AM

Looks fantastic!

I hate sanding those twisted columns after the Legacy is done with them.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-30-2008 06:21 AM

awesome legs. made shivers run up my spine ! ... great cuts.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 04-30-2008 06:54 AM

now that’s a nice table right down to the finish !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 04-30-2008 11:42 AM

Fantastic Project and great detail in the apron and the legs. A sure award winner!

-- Smitty, Alabama,

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 04-30-2008 11:56 AM


You did a beautiful job on the construction and finish. I enjoy the turned legs. They add a nice detail to the piece.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 04-30-2008 03:02 PM

You’ve been showing off since you got here … Great work!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#8 posted 04-30-2008 05:22 PM

absolutely gorgeous Very well done!

Thank you for sharing it

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John Fry

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#9 posted 05-01-2008 01:50 AM

Thanks everybody.

You’re right Gary, sanding the barley twists was all done by hand and it was a lot of work. Because I had the 5/8” round tenons on both ends of each leg, I just drilled a hole in a big block of wood and clamped it in my vise. That way I could hold the legs vertically and sand from one side and turn the leg as I worked down the twist.

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#10 posted 05-01-2008 03:41 AM

Excellent work John.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 05-01-2008 06:48 PM

I will never be able to look at barley twisted legs again without checking to see if they are balanced with left and right lead. Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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John Fry

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#12 posted 05-01-2008 07:12 PM


Ha Ha, I hope I didn’t ruin anything for you! ;-)

You will also be surprised at how many spiral columns (both indoor and out), fireplace surrounds, and other quarter round molding and appliqué’s that you will see that are unbalanced.

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#13 posted 05-22-2008 02:18 PM

This is a beautiful sofa table. I love your carved legs and attention to detail. Great craftsmanship!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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