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My wife saw a table like this in an antique store and wanted it so I did the typical I could build that. Well she bought it anyway and I built one anyway. This is made from 5/8" thick wormy chestnut from my grandparents house. The house was built around 1920 so i would guess this was cut almost 100 years ago. I used all i had but 4' of 5/8" x 4" piece so it worked out well. The top is 23" diameter and stands about 22" tall.

All joints except the top to base are mortise and tenon with dowel pins. The top is attached with figure eights. The challenge with this project was repeating the wavy edges between the legs and the support legs and making the waves within the legs parallel. Those of you who are masters probably have a better solution, but what I did was made a pattern and template of one edge and used that template to make a template that allowed me use my router. After about three tries I finally got something i could use. The legs "hinge" on screws. I finished with shellac to replicate the finish in my grandparents house.

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That is a very interesting table. I like it, the legs are cool, but they are also unsettling. GIves me just a hint of twilight zone-like vertigo.
 

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very nice table - I'm a huge fan of wormy chestnut
regarding legs - this being a duplicate, it makes a person wonder what the original table maker went thru to make the legs.
 

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Interesting drop leaf table. I like the crazy wavy legs. I would like to see a side-by-side picture of the antique version and yours.

My local sawyer has some chestnut for decent prices so I get a board or two (or 3 or 4) every time I see him. One of these days I will have enough for a project like this.
 

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Nice! Your replica is spot on. I hear you about those wavy legs, I can't imagine getting that precision. Are you going to keep both, or return the wife's? ;)
 

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Isn't it wonderful to be able to replicate something that you see in a store? For that reason alone I would take up wood crafting haha! If only I had more confidence in my work that I would create more things for use around my house!
 
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