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Project by exsubsailor posted 01-18-2016 05:20 PM 810 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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tinnman65

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 06:36 PM

Another beautiful piece, I’m sure your wife is was much happier with this one than the original one but with all that work I might have considered shelling out the $1000. I guess that’s what happens when your love of woodworking takes over and who can pass up a good challenge. The whole table is great but the top is exceptional.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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rtbrmb

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 07:52 PM

Very impressive-especially considering you did everything from photos & hand measurements. There are many, many details to like on this project. How long did it take to make?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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exsubsailor

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 08:20 PM



Very impressive-especially considering you did everything from photos & hand measurements. There are many, many details to like on this project. How long did it take to make?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI
I worked off and on for about 2 months. Sometimes one just has to take a break to figure out the next step in the process.
- rtbrmb


-- Art, Florida

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30yrwood

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 11:52 PM

very nice… I really like the look of the wood you chose for the top. their is nothing more satisfying then looking at what all the sweat, hard work & hours have helped you turn out. great job!!!!

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Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 02:46 AM

Very cool inlay work.

-- Fr. Thomas, http://www.monkwerks.org

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MinnesotaHack

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#6 posted 01-19-2016 03:46 AM

That is a very attractive table.
You should be proud.

Does saving $995 mean you earn the right to spend $500 on more tools ?

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hoss12992

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#7 posted 01-19-2016 05:45 PM

Love it. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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exsubsailor

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#8 posted 01-19-2016 06:07 PM


That is a very attractive table.
You should be proud.

Does saving $995 mean you earn the right to spend $500 on more tools ?

- MinnesotaHack


No, unless I see something I really want, then we negotiate, and I have the upper hand because we all know our wives spend twice as much than we do even when expensive tools are taken into the equation.

-- Art, Florida

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boxcarmarty

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#9 posted 01-20-2016 02:29 PM

Very impressive lookin’ table, what is your opinion on how the base and pedestal turned out, does it seem to be solid and sure footed???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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exsubsailor

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#10 posted 01-20-2016 06:07 PM


Very impressive lookin table, what is your opinion on how the base and pedestal turned out, does it seem to be solid and sure footed???

- boxcarmarty


Thanks, It’s very stable. I have a fully threaded 3/4” metal rod going up from the bottom up through the hollow pedestal into a cross member under the table top with nuts & washers on each end. The nuts can be tightened so it’s rock solid.

-- Art, Florida

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boxcarmarty

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#11 posted 01-20-2016 08:24 PM

Good thinkin’ on the threaded rod, I’ll have ta keep that in mind when I build some future tables…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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