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Mahogany 18th century tilt-top 'pie crust' tea table

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Project by bbrown posted 07-01-2014 03:14 PM 981 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used Potassium Dichromate to emphasize the nice tannin streaks in the mahogany.

This project is based on a piece at the Wintertur Museum in northern Delaware, close to my childhood home of Malvern, PA.

I need some better photos as well as a close up of the pie-crust molding. One of these days I’ll try to improve on my cheap digital camera shots.

Thanks for looking.

God bless,

-Wm. Brown Forest, VA

-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8 Guitar scrapbook: http://www.youtube.com/user/wfbrown1234?feature=mhee





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RogerBean

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#1 posted 07-01-2014 03:16 PM

Magnificent piece. My compliments.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 04:19 PM

Exceptional work. Looks great.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Nik

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 05:08 PM

Very beautiful. The finish turned out great. Now I have to look up potassium dichromate, and how to use it.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 07-01-2014 06:55 PM

Great job.

One of these days I’ll finish the one I have that’s 95% complete.

Maybe this will inspire me.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Scott R. Turner

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#5 posted 07-01-2014 08:22 PM

Fabulous work.

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AandCstyle

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#6 posted 07-01-2014 11:17 PM

That is an instant heirloom. I can’t even imagine the number of hours you have into it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Art

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 02:45 AM

Beautiful work—every aspect is extremely well crafted.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 07-02-2014 01:26 PM

Very impressive piece!

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

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bbrown

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#9 posted 07-02-2014 01:49 PM

Thanks to all for the kind comments. Lee, I agree about completing projects – I am famous for stalling at the 90% point.

Re. the Potassium Dichromate: it is poisonous so just don’t drink it :)

I use it sort of like aniline dye: add a little powder to hot water (I get mine almost to boiling in a microwave, then add a pinch of powder). I just rag it on, wearing gloves. It instantly turns any tannin streaks black and really creates a nice contrast. It will look dull and chalky (just like aniline dye will) but when a topcoat is applied the colour will really be dramatic.

HillbillyShooter, I like your LJ name and GW quote.


-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8 Guitar scrapbook: http://www.youtube.com/user/wfbrown1234?feature=mhee

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XrayJay

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#10 posted 07-02-2014 07:06 PM

Beautiful work and finish looks great. Ball and claw feet are a personal favorite.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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lightweightladylefty

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#11 posted 07-03-2014 05:07 AM

William,

She’s a real beauty! What an heirloom!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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bbrown

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#12 posted 07-08-2014 12:57 AM

Thanks very much XrayJ and LWLlefty.

-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8 Guitar scrapbook: http://www.youtube.com/user/wfbrown1234?feature=mhee

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chobbs66

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#13 posted 07-08-2014 05:24 PM

Nicely done. I have a pie crust tea table on my to do list – hopefully in the relatively near future. Built one back in 2004 and I have learned a lot since then.

Yours is very good and I like how you captured good period appropriate feet. CH

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bbrown

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#14 posted 07-13-2014 12:17 PM

Thanks a lot Cal,

Really appreciate the encouraging comments.

These were some of the first carved “ball and claw” type feet I have done, and it took forever to carve them. I’m doing a John Elliott type stool now with Phila. ball and claw feet and it’s easier going. Repetition is key but that’s hard when I get so little time in the shop and it takes many months to complete a project.

-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8 Guitar scrapbook: http://www.youtube.com/user/wfbrown1234?feature=mhee

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