Tavern Table

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Project by chobbs66 posted 1883 days ago 1872 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was an actual commission for a client in Kansas City in 2006.

I was able to sketch a few ideas and worked out this design with them. It is based off the tavern table style from the early part of the 18th century, although I have never seen any originals this large.

The top was hand surfaced with hand planes and scrapers as the three boards were much too large for any of my equipment.

Learned a lot especially the finishing of a large top, which was a challenge. Finished with aniline dye, shellac, and waxed. Top was finished with a coat of shellac and Rock hard table top varnish.

Materials: Cherry from Irion Lumber in Wellsboro, PA.

Dimensions of top: 48” wide x 90” long

Thanks for looking, Cal.

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#1 posted 1883 days ago

This is doubly gorgeous!

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#2 posted 1883 days ago


Great looking table. Makes me want to sit down at it and eat some good roast beef and sip down an pint of ale.


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#3 posted 1883 days ago

Great looking table and fantastic finish on the top.

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#4 posted 1883 days ago

Fantastic table ,design,finish and complete project. Very well done.

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#5 posted 1883 days ago

Excellent table. 48×90 is definitely large. Your analine dye finish came out very nice.

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#6 posted 1883 days ago

Is it baed on the plan from American Woodworker (c. 1996)? If it is, then I have the exact same table, only slightly smaller in scale (36×78”). did you make the legs or get them from Matthew Burak?

If it wasn’t for the finish, I’d be running into my diningroom to see if my table was gone. It’s a great piece, and should serve your customer well for many years.

-- Steven

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#7 posted 1883 days ago

Steven, no, not familiar with that article. I turned the legs out of material that was selected for a match.

I appreciate all the comments on the finish, because I worked and reworked the top. In the end I was seeing nothing but flaws. But the customer was happy…

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#8 posted 1883 days ago

Beautiful table.

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#9 posted 1883 days ago

Beautiful! Great design and spectacular finish. Well done!

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#10 posted 1883 days ago

What a great table, and an even greater finish!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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