Federal Period Card Table

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Project by jonsprague0000 posted 02-23-2015 12:56 AM 2143 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a challenge I decided to make a Federal Period card table. This has been my most challenging and intricate piece to date. My favorite part of the piece is the eagle inlays. There were many firsts for me in this project including my first attempt at marquetry, inlay, veneering, wood knuckle joints, scratch stock beading, and curved work. Thanks for everyone who helped answer my questions as I was making this.

Top – Striped African mahogany, scratch stock beading, period reproduction brass hardware
Apron – Crotch mahogany hammer veneering with holly/ebony banding and inlay. Body is made from poplar/white oak with white oak knuckle joints.
Legs – Honduran mahogany with eagle inlays, bell flowers, and ebony feet with banding

The piece was finished with boiled linseed oil and shellac. The legs were padded with shellac and the top was french polished. The most time consuming part of the project…well maybe the bell flowers were. Followed by a wax finish.

Eagles – An eagle made with marquetry for each leg. The eagles are made from satinwood, holly, ebony, and walnut. The edges are sandshaded.
Bellflowers – Hand chopped bell flowers down the legs made from holly

Here are some other pictures:

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 01:05 AM


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#2 posted 02-23-2015 01:36 AM

Oh, my. A most beautiful table. I’ll never, ever attain that level of skill. Wow…

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 01:52 AM

Looks great all the way around. Your firsts are all winners.
The marquetry came out well too. You should be proud.

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

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 01:57 AM

Jon. Tremendous job on your federal table. It will be a family heirloom for sure.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 02:20 AM

What a masterpiece… Should be in a museum

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 03:08 AM

Most excellent. Lovely work on the paterae.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 04:08 AM

I hope to tackle something like this some day and only hope mine will be as beautiful

-- So much to little time.....

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 10:12 AM

Oh my, that is just stellar work. I don’t usually like federal, but this beauty makes me rethink my position. thanks for sharing this beauty, and for giving us all something to aspire to.

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 01:10 PM


Great set of skills, can’t wait to see what your next challenge will be!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 01:45 PM

really a great looking piece. I have really become a big fan of federal style pieces; this is a great example.

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 02:56 PM

Awesome craftsmanship. I am just now undertaking the same task. I am starting with end tables followed by the card table from the Federal Period. I want build up my confidence. Your marquetry is spot on very nice work.

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 03:21 PM

Thanks for all the great comments.

ugoboy, I’m looking forward to seeing the table once you finish it.

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#13 posted 02-23-2015 06:17 PM

this is seriously impressive – and particularly given the list of “firsts”. congratulations.

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#14 posted 02-23-2015 08:45 PM

Masterful work! Simply incredible.

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#15 posted 02-24-2015 12:25 AM

Absolutely gorgeous! ! Not enough superlatives in the English language for this table. You should be very proud.

-- Bob in Okieland

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