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Blog entry by Patricelejeune posted 06-13-2017 11:30 PM 773 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All right, it’s been a long time since I posted anything. I finished couple jobs, but posted only one, a deco cabinet that you can see here

But here is one of the new project we are working on I wanted to post on here.

Years ago we regilded 12 side chairs and 2 armchairs for a client in La Jolla

We are making a dining room table to go with them, but I will post about this later when we are further ahead.

At the moment the legs are being carverd out of solid walnut to look similar to those

And the top will be parquet versailles style

But for the moment I am focussing on the library table that will be separating the dining area of the rest of “the great room”. The antique legs were bought by the client.

Alonside a stretcher that will be the inspiration for the one we will have carved for this table.

They will support a 6 drawer top made in oak and faced with walnut.

And the stretcher will be something like this

When I build big, I like the joinery!This is the oak carcasse.

A little over engeneered I confess but what the eck… lets have fun

The lumber were cut and glued for the thicker parts

Still having fun

Time for some glueing

Then it was time to shape the walnut facing

Good exercice right?

Nope. No more fun as some tendon on my left wrist did a funny clunk plonk sensation and I could swear noise… lifting big heavy walnut boards.

But I did carry on for a bit.

Cutting the miters

Tracing the mortise

On all the facing

Prepared the drawer stock

Made the drawer bottom groves

And dovetailed the drawer.

That’s it for now, I am going to rest that wrist and work on small stuff for a while.

Thank you for reading


-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 06-13-2017 11:46 PM

Just another day in the workshop, huh? LOL, seriously, what you are doing there is so far beyond my comprehension it’s crazy. Unbelievable stuff. Please keep posting, I’d love to see more as it progresses.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 06-14-2017 12:50 AM

You need to strike a balance between fun and your health Patrice. (not that I have ever followed that advice)
The work looks great and I’m sure the client will be suitably impressed.
Thanks for posting. It is inspiring. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 06-14-2017 03:24 AM

Thank you for posting this. Please show us more.

-- occasional musings on my blog:

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#4 posted 06-14-2017 04:23 AM

This is one amazing project it takes an amazing amount of talent to work on a project like this.I’m looking forward to seeing future post on this project.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 06-14-2017 05:45 AM

I enjoy seeing the process as it develops.
Thank you for sharing this project with us.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 06-14-2017 04:54 PM

Thanks guys

-- Patrice lejeune

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#7 posted 06-14-2017 06:08 PM

Man, that’s mighty impressive. Those big chunks of wood, with miters and tenons and colors… waw.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#8 posted 06-15-2017 04:14 PM

That is going to be an awesome table. Built to last a thousand years.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 06-16-2017 04:57 PM

You do magnificent work! What you do is so interesting and inspiring.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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