Early American Drop Leaf Oval Tavern Table

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 09-26-2015 09:31 AM 716 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is based on one made in about 1750 that is at the Connecticut Historical Society. It was made as part of a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking with 2 of the tables going to the collection of the Windsor (CT) Historical Society for a historical home furnished as it was in 1800.

The oval drop leaf table was a common form used in taverns and homes. The top is oval and made of 3 boards. When the leaves are down it’s about 18” deep so it could easily be stored against a wall. The original had maple legs and a pine top, painted with milk paint. I chose to make mine of cherry and finished it with many coats of Waterlox Original. The most challenging aspect of the project was creating the angles of the legs which are splayed in both directions. Having legs that are angled in both directions are much more difficult to build than legs that are at 90 degrees. Because the class was conducted over 3 weekends the turnings were all done by CNC and provided.

Critiques appreciated

-- Glen

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 12:07 PM

Nicely done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 04:34 PM

Beautiful table a a fine build,very nice fit and finish,love the design too.

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 08:18 PM

Glen, you did a very nice job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 09-27-2015 12:34 AM

Your table is really a classical. It’s a true beauty.

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#5 posted 09-30-2015 02:58 AM

Beautiful Glen, I really like this.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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