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Project by BillG posted 1867 days ago 1967 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an interesting project. Back in 2006, Robert Lang, one of the editors of the Popular Woodworking magazine built this Gustav Stickley table. Ever since I saw it, I wanted to build one for myself. Well recently, I had the opportunity to build one for a client and, of course, make one for myself as well. My table is not a pure replica of the Gustav Stickley piece originally built in 1896, but close. This was a pre-”Craftsmen Style” piece when Stickley was evolving that style, but still had some “Art Nuveau” influences. I really liked the table, and now I have one.

The woods are birds eye maple and jatoba with African blackwood pegs. I was able to purchase a jatoba board that was 18 1/2” wide, so the table top is one solid piece. The table is built on a pentagonal shape and has five legs. This put the legs on a 72 degree angle. There were a fair amount of pieces to contend with and much duplication, especially with the legs. I made 1/2” plywood patterns of all the pieces, roughed them out on the band and scroll saws and trimmed them to final size on my router table. Stickley’s original piece was quarter-sawn oak, Robert Lang’s was mahagony. I like the contrast of different woods, so chose maple and jatoba. Lang also used hand cut dovetails to join the stretchers to the hub and the legs. I have not done hand cut dovetails before and did not wish to start them with this project, but intend to develop this skill. I used pocket screws and dowel pins instead of dovetails. Dovetails would probably have been easier. there are also two 1/4” dowel pins holding each leg to the shelf with a screw under each plug. I decided to use the pyrimidal pegs used in much of the Green and Green furniture to cover the screws. The finish is two coats of catylized lacquer (dull) that I sprayed on. My camera didn’t get the color quite right, they are not as red as they appear, but rather more brown like mahogany.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 1867 days ago

Great job on those, a beautiful pair. Good wood selection, nice details.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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PirateOfCatan

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#2 posted 1867 days ago

Very nice. Those would make great sun-room side tables. I can’t believe the client only wanted one.

-- P.O.C.

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Christopher

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#3 posted 1867 days ago

Beautiful Piece!

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#4 posted 1867 days ago

very nice indeed I love arts and craft furniture kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 1867 days ago

Sweet!!! You did a great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 1831 days ago

They came out beautifully , Bill ! Nice photography as well : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Karson

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#7 posted 104 days ago

Bill: I ran across this table in one of an older Popular Woodworking Mag. and in searching I found that you had done one on LJ’s

Nice looking table I’ve got some 10” Mahogany so I might make this table also. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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