Adulterated Federalist Table

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Project by woodbutcher posted 08-24-2009 09:23 PM 2625 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve borrowed from various periods in designing this table, incorporating basicaly all the shapes my mind is comfortable with. So there is no true point of origin. I think it may tend to reflect some of the intricacies I’ve noticed in Federalist style furniture, hence the naming of it! Constructed of Brazilian Cherry and White Oak primarily. The capped ball feet are actually birch.There’s not a tool in the shop that I didn’t use during this build except the pin nailer. The only metal is the figure eight fasteners and screws for the top.Everything else is mortise/tenon and inlayed. I particularly enjoyed getting to use the scrollsaw for the 3/d oak drawer pulls and the caps on the ball feet. The finish is comprised of many coats of tung oil and top coated with a blend of tung oil/MS/Varnish.

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#1 posted 08-24-2009 09:26 PM

Very nice and unique table wonderful design

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 08-24-2009 09:37 PM

Ken, I’m ordinarily very much against adultery, but I’ll make an exception in this case. :-)

This is truly a fine accomplishment. The details and craftsmanship are just outstanding! (And the corners look pretty square as well.) Congratulations on a job well done, my friend. You’ve raised the bar for me now.

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

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#3 posted 08-24-2009 09:39 PM

Fantastic table. Absolutely a “one of a kind”. Congrats on such a wonderful build.

-- Derrek L.

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#4 posted 08-24-2009 09:59 PM

Gorgeous table. Great design and craftsmanship. Well done.

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#5 posted 08-24-2009 10:00 PM

This is a beautiful table, Ken. Quite a departure from the Arts and Crafts, although you can never get away from the white oak. You used all of your tools and probably all of your different skills to get this one done. Thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 08-24-2009 10:00 PM

Fantastic table. Looks Federal to me.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#7 posted 08-25-2009 12:55 AM

Cool design and a great build. It looks Federal from the first picture, but I love all the unique touches that truly make it one of a kind. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#8 posted 08-25-2009 01:10 AM

Man that’s some great wood working! You made it yours and it looks great…...........

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

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#9 posted 08-25-2009 03:09 AM

That’s a fantastic table you made there. I agree with Charlie, you have raised the bar for me as well. GREAT job. I really like the inlay accents, it makes it a great piece for me including the feet as well

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#10 posted 08-25-2009 06:09 AM

a1Jim, Ty, Sir. CharlieM1958, Ty for the compliment, I really don’t feel I’ve raised any bar for you, especially since I was trying to keep the feet for the table square like the corners of your boxes, and after several failed attempts I just rounded them up on the lathe! Derrek LeRouax, Ty very much. Loucarb, Ty very much for taking the time to reply, my little carvings don’t start to compare to the Ball and Claw feet you completed not to long ago. tenontim, thanks friend for the review, Yeppers a little away from Arts and Craft, but I still had to mortise and tenon some! Karson, Ty, yeah I thought it was heavily inspired by the federalist things I’d seen. huff, the design just evolved into what I wanted after the legs were inlayed on all four sides instead of just two which I had seen on other tables. In other words the plans are all on two napkins-LOL. mtnwild, TY very much, you’re right, the whole intent was to make it like I wanted. I just can’t get into building from a lot of plans some one else created, my skills wont allow that to happen generally. Ben Kahmann, Ty for your kind remarks, don’t tell CarlieM1958 too much about the feet, since they’re round it offends his sensibilities. He’s a square kinda guy! All kidding aside I enjoyed the feet and the caps for them the most, maybe because they were the absolute last things I added and it signaled the end of this project. Thanks again to all of you who’ve taken the time away from your own special projects, just to keep me inspired and moving on.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#11 posted 08-25-2009 03:36 PM

Me, a square guy? You should have known me in the 70’s. :-)

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

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#12 posted 08-25-2009 04:10 PM

I was thinking I did know you in the 70’s. You were the kid walking on my hair from the 60’s. While I danced in open fields and meadows with my long hair and tie dyed shirts, you aspired to reach for the lights on the disco floor in your polyester clothes. I’d tell more of our journeys, however I have a grandchild tugging on my shoulder and have to go now!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#13 posted 09-01-2009 06:31 AM

Truly a work of love and beauty…..

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#14 posted 09-01-2009 06:39 AM

That is very nice, something I would be happy to have in my home.

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#15 posted 09-01-2009 06:48 AM


almost an appropriate acronym

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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