|Project by exsubsailor||posted 01-18-2016 05:20 PM||922 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
My wife was antique shopping and saw a game table that she loved. The only problem was they wanted $995. for it , and she thought I just had to see it. To appease her and keep out of the dog house I went with her. What I saw was intriguing. In the 1820s average people lived in small houses with small rooms so space was at a minimum. In order to play table games or cards, they had tables with 2 tops hinged together that they opened to make twice the surface space. I liked a new challenge so I told her I would try to build one for her. Took some measurements and snapped a quick picture for reference. My wife likes simple, plain things while I like to let my imagination fly. It turned out to be quite a challenge because there were no plans to go by and some of the techniques to make this table would be new for me. Luckily I had some old 8/4 mahogany boards left. First problem, how to make the tapered 8 section pedestal. I used the table saw to cut the coves. By running the board across the blade along a fence clamped to the saw, by raising the blade in small increments you will cut a cove. (if you try this BE CARFUL). The angle of the fence determines the depth and how gradual the cove is. The original table was very plain so I chose to embellish my own ideas into the design. I added a highly figured veneer to the top, a small drawer on one end, hand carved beading around the 4 sides of the carcass , a carved swirl in the middle of the front and back side and relieved all the wood around it with a slight taper to the top and bottom so it would stand proud, and added a hand made veneer chess/checker and a backgammon board to the inside. All in all I was very satisfied the way it turned out, and I saved a GRAND.
-- Art, Florida