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Project by Thos. Angle posted 08-02-2007 06:16 PM 2446 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another of those projects which like Topsy,”Jus’ grew.” I have mirror frame stock made up which is 5 inches wide with a 3 inch gain in which to inlay leather. My leather of choice for this is skirting which is about 1/4 inch thick. The first project which I used this for was a tall mirror for a gal who is about 6’4”. She wanted it for her husband who is about 6’6”. When I delivered it I told her that was probably the first time she’d ever seen everything from her hairpins to her toenails. Not being sure how this would work I tried to carve the leather with out backing it as I do on a saddle. However, the leather on a saddle can expand a little and it doen’t hurt. Wood DON’T DO THAT! I wound up with a strip of carved leather about 76 inches long which wouldn’t fit in the groove.
About this same time I was getting bumps on sofa table and hall tables. After some more mis-starts I got this table built. It has a 1 1/4 inch Alder top and the rest is Alder as well. I tried out the “Beadlock” system on this table and came to the conclusion that I’d rather cut mortises and tenons. The system did work though it just seemed hard for me to use. I inlayed the leather in to the panels and found a neat little deer horn for the pull. The table is 54” long by 29”H by 13” deep. The finish is Benwood Special Walnut then shellac followed by wiping poly, about 4 coats.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#1 posted 08-02-2007 07:18 PM

Very nice! I like the tooled leather and the detail on the legs.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 08-02-2007 10:17 PM


This is absolutely beautiful. I love it!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 08-02-2007 11:13 PM

gorgeous. Love the combination of wood/leather.
I have deer hide that is waiting for an inspiration. I want to combine woodworking with the hide is some project.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 08-03-2007 04:14 AM

Wonderful Table. I’m inspired Tom.

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#5 posted 08-03-2007 04:33 AM

Great detail. Lovely!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 08-03-2007 04:47 AM

Thanks for the nice words. Praise from your co-conspirators is always the best!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob Babcock

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#7 posted 08-03-2007 04:55 AM

Beautiful piece.Great leatherwork. I love the elegant but rustic mix.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 08-03-2007 09:40 AM

Thomas, this is a lovely table. I really like the way you combine your woodworking with your leather-work skills.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 08-03-2007 10:59 AM

Great use of two mediums. You’ve used them together very neatly. It’s beautiful. jockmike

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

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#10 posted 08-03-2007 04:31 PM

Amazing work again!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 08-03-2007 06:52 PM

Very nice indeed. With the combined leather and antler it has a rugged feel but retains an elegant presentation. Beautiful work.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#12 posted 08-04-2007 05:22 AM

Beautiful like all of your work Tom. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 09-24-2007 03:23 PM

Love it! You are a real master at leather and wood.Very unique design too.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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Thos. Angle

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#14 posted 09-24-2007 06:46 PM

Coming from you Mr. Campbell, that is rare praise ,indeed. Thank you very much. I sure hope the Drain never plugs. LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 09-24-2007 07:05 PM

The wood and leather is always a pleasant surprise, like the antler pull, too. It’s the graceful shape of the legs with the chamfer, lamb’s tongue and foot that really make this exceptional. Go, Tom, Go!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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