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Project by Clement posted 08-03-2009 05:15 AM 2311 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I would like to take credit for building this librarytable, but in all honesty cannot. But it was built by my father Benjamin Femelat. He owned rhe Femelat Mfg. Co. in downtown Houston. I have a few pictures of the inside of his shop, and in the late 1800’s ,Yes, as you would guess, everything was driven by belts from shafts in the ceiling. I can only guess that it was steam powered in those days.

What is so amazing to me, is that the table is well over 110 years old. I am told that it has some veneer in the stars, but most of the inlay work is .25 in. thick. I have had it in my posession for aprox. 50 years. I suppose that having it around this length of time, has influencrd me to try my hand at woodworking. In picture two and four, you can see my first Barrister book case. I would only hope, that if he knew, what I am doing, that he would be as proud of me, as I am proud of knowing of him.

If this story is seen by anyone that was around the Houston area in the late 1800’s, that he would contact me. Or decendents of same.

Thanks for letting me share this library table with you, even if I did not build it.

May God Bless

Clement

-- Clement, from Longview in East Texas





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Innovator

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 05:27 AM

It is beautiful, great craftsmanship.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 05:47 AM

Wow Clem most amazing table . Would love to see photos of you fathers shop.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 08-03-2009 06:05 AM

Agree with Jim….I would love to see some pics of his shop. It is easy to tell your father was a true craftsman…like father like son !!!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#4 posted 08-03-2009 06:29 AM

I was looking at that and thinking, that looks old school. Looks like I was right.
Fantastic piece, what a treasure.
Thanks for showing, a real gift to see…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 08-03-2009 06:32 AM

Very nice table, that took alot of craftsmanship.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 08-03-2009 08:01 AM

This table is very nice. He has a lot of work, love, attention, etc in that piece. Talk about dedication. I’m glad that it has remained in your family and in good condition. You have to be very proud, I know I would be.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 08-03-2009 10:03 AM

Now that’s a table.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 02:07 PM

wow. Incredible work.

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#9 posted 08-03-2009 02:50 PM

Amazing detail!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 08-03-2009 03:05 PM

your dad would be proud of you for taking up where he left off. his table is one beautiful piece of work as is your cabnets

-- PAPLOU

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#11 posted 08-03-2009 03:33 PM

Now that is a beautiful family heirloom in fantastic condition. Wouldn’t it be fun to see that being appraised on the Antigues Roadshow.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#12 posted 08-03-2009 04:15 PM

Wow, I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of time and skill needed to build that.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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#13 posted 08-03-2009 08:00 PM

That’s an amazing piece of work, thanks for sharing.

-- Chelle http://artsgranddaughter.blogspot.com

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#14 posted 08-03-2009 08:37 PM

What about the chair next to the table… it is quite nice, too.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#15 posted 08-03-2009 08:51 PM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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