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Grandpa's Table Top

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Project by Sausage posted 09-02-2014 08:40 PM 1225 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Grandpa who was with Black Jack Pershing chasing Poncho Villa all over Mexico to get his American citizenship was somewhat of an amazing woodworker. He built all his homes and furniture (I think a lot of folks did in that generation). Not many of his pieces have survived. I had a table top of his that has been in my closet for over 10 years all water damaged with a lot of broken veneer. This table top got the blue ribbon in the 1930 Michigan State Fair. So it had seen its better days. I got this crazy notion that I could restore it. I had never done any type of woodworking before and it actually led to a new hobby for me. Then I bought a turned mahogany pedestal online (no lathe) and made some arms and legs for it. The top is made of mahogany and maple veneer. I left a lot of the very thin veneer and really did not do much sanding for fear of damaging more veneer. I wanted it to be original as possible.

UPDATE*

The new Maloof inspired base with the chairs I made for the table last picute in the gallery..





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Mr M's Woodshop

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#1 posted 09-02-2014 08:55 PM

Outstanding! Congrats on a fine job.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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stefang

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#2 posted 09-02-2014 09:11 PM

Amazing work and a great job of restoring too. Your grandfather must have a very skilled woodworker and it seems you got his genes. It looks to me that this was maybe a poker table.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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stefang

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 09:11 PM

Amazing work and a great job of restoring too. Your grandfather must have a very skilled woodworker and it seems you got his genes. It looks to me that this was maybe a poker table.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sausage

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#4 posted 09-02-2014 09:45 PM

Thanks for the nice comments gents! Yes, it is a game table. My mom was telling me it originally was a fireplace screen/game table. From what she said the original legs folded. Now I need to make chairs for it..;-)

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 03:45 AM

Great save and rebuild. I remember my Grandparents had one like that, that would fold up and store against the wall…was used to play checkers and other games on. They had several end tables that matched..since I moved away from home many many years ago, someone in the family got them. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 08:54 AM

A++++++++++++++++++ Wow waht a table.

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

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eddie

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#7 posted 09-03-2014 12:03 PM

you did it proud ,great job and good luck on the chairs

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 09-03-2014 07:48 PM

Cool table and cool story

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#9 posted 09-04-2014 09:11 PM

I would love to be able to do something like this. This is simply terrific!

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