|Project by Thos. Angle||posted 08-02-2007 06:16 PM||2293 views||4 times favorited||23 comments|
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