Card Table

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Project by handi posted 03-31-2006 03:16 PM 3962 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jeffery Greene’s wonderful book on 18th century furniture detailed this wonderful card table design. The original is in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

What makes it special is the folding mechanism. I always disliked the gate leg design for tables, they never feel fully stable when open.

This unit has the rear legs fixed to a stretcher and the apron side accordion fold for storage.

I started with the over all dimensions given, and worked out the details from there. The table is all mahogany.

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#1 posted 04-24-2006 08:31 PM

That special folding mechanism looks very interesting, handi. I’m curiuos whether you’ve seen the original in the museum before working on your piece or if the book was the only source of inspiration for you.

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#2 posted 04-24-2006 08:36 PM

Martin, I had only the book to work from. I am fortunate to have 3D modeling software that allowed me to work out the details before cutting.

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#3 posted 04-25-2006 09:15 AM

Which 3D software are you using, handi ?

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#4 posted 04-25-2006 10:42 AM

I have SolidWorks2003. It is really powerful. It allows for creating individual parts and combining them together, or you can draw a new part directly off an existing one. Parts can be linked then moved to check for clearance. With this model, I could actually open and closed the frame in the 3D model.

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#5 posted 04-14-2007 06:45 PM

What a wonderful table. Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 07-15-2007 07:32 PM

any chance I could get a copy ? .... please ….....

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#7 posted 07-15-2007 08:00 PM

That is the neatest card table I’ve ever seen.

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#8 posted 07-17-2007 09:12 PM

That’s a great card table. I’m glad it came back around.

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#9 posted 08-20-2007 03:43 AM

What a great table. I love the folding mechanism. We have the gate design on our dining room table and your right, it is unstable. I’ll have to go see the original at the MFA.

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#10 posted 08-20-2007 04:39 AM

Thanks Bob. I’d love to see the original, be able to compare it to what I did. My next project is a courting bench I measured and photographed on St. Croix.

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#11 posted 11-07-2008 09:54 PM

Beautiful design, nice application, love the way it flows, esp. the round capital above the legs.

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#12 posted 02-01-2009 03:31 AM

Beautiful piece of furniture. I love the design.

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#13 posted 02-01-2009 03:39 AM

Thanks Chris, it is still one of my favorites.

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#14 posted 11-06-2011 12:18 PM

Very nice!

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#15 posted 04-08-2016 11:47 PM

Very impressive design, not to mention beautiful workmanship.

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