Newport Style Ball and Claw Coffee Table

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Project by Andy Brownell posted 07-01-2009 07:05 PM 2631 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mahogany coffee table with lots of hand carving. This was my first attempt at a piece like this that used carving as an integral part of the design. I watched the video by Taunton publishing about 10 times, before and during the process, bought the recommended tools, and went at it.
Each leg took between 20-25 hours to complete. Very satisfying, but don’t know if I’ll try one like this again.

-- Andy Brownell

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#1 posted 07-01-2009 07:17 PM

Nice Andy…very nice! Did you purchase the legs?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 08:11 PM

no, those were my first attempt at hand carving from solid blocks. Each leg took about 25 hours. I’ll post some more detailed pics soon. Even carved the cuticle on the claws.

-- Andy Brownell

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#3 posted 07-01-2009 11:11 PM

Beautifully made.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 11:55 PM

Very nice design and great job on the ball & claw.

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#5 posted 07-02-2009 03:19 AM

Very nice. The ball & claw leg is neat and smooth. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 07-08-2009 04:49 PM

Great Job, I would love to be able to carve such nice legs.

-- Billp

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#7 posted 07-08-2009 05:16 PM

Hey Andy
This is a terrific table great job on the feet also.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-16-2009 03:38 PM

You were going to post more detailed pictures, I would love to know how you did such a perfect job, I am having a heck of a time to make mine look anything like yours. How did you get everthing so smooth?

-- Billp

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#9 posted 10-16-2009 03:54 PM

Andy thats a beautifully peice of furniture.

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#10 posted 10-19-2009 06:46 PM


Lots of sharp, specialized carving chisels, file/rasps, and then sanding.
I watched a video on this technique by Taunton (FWW) that really helped as well.
Each one took about 20 hours to get right. Be patient. Mahogany grain can work well, but it can also work against you when dealing with some of the curves. I’ll try to get some more pictures soon.

-- Andy Brownell

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