Poppy Table

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Project by BillG posted 03-08-2009 09:19 PM 3432 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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#1 posted 03-08-2009 09:50 PM

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

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 11:02 PM

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

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 12:03 AM

Beautiful Piece!

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 12:31 AM

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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#5 posted 03-09-2009 02:31 PM

Sweet!!! You did a great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 04-13-2009 09:51 PM

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

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#7 posted 01-05-2014 03:18 AM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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