First Shot at Ball & Claw

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Project by Billp posted 1687 days ago 1545 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a lot of first for me. First time carving ball & claw,stringing,fans,and first time spraying with my new spray gun. Genuine Mahogany, Ebony, Holly, first time I used Hide Glue I like it. Varnish Top and Lacquer Frame and legs. I want to make a highboy so I practiced carving on this table before I undertake the highboy. I would like to thank Chuck Bender ( Acantuscarver) for his advice on the stringing. This was a lot of fun to build hope you like it. Bill p PS. I fell and broke my elbow just before starting to carve boy did that hurt like heck but I got it done.

-- Billp

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#1 posted 1687 days ago

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 1687 days ago

Bill fantastic job. The ball & claw look perfect and the stringing/fans are well done too. Can’t wait to see the highboy.

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#3 posted 1687 days ago

Amazing work Bill, you should be very proud. You have some very nice skills.

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

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#4 posted 1687 days ago

Great job. You did very well on the ball and claws. Can’t wait to see the highboy.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 1687 days ago

Great Job Bill!!! Very Nice Craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 1687 days ago


REALLY nice work on the ball and claw feet, best of luck (and skills) with the highboy!!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 1687 days ago

Great job on all those firsts! I wouldn’t even attempt those feet, but yours came out really nice.

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

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#8 posted 1687 days ago


Those are some great looking legs—too much work for me. You did a fantastic job on them.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 1687 days ago

Excellent job on everyone of your firsts. That is one more gorgeous table! I love the stringing and the fans. Those ball and claw feet are perfect as far as I can see. They’re still too intimidating for me to try. Congratulations on a most beautiful build.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 1686 days ago

Very nice work, can’t wait to see that highboy

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

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#11 posted 1686 days ago

You sure have some great looking legs! Seriously though, that table looks sweet!

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#12 posted 1685 days ago

Beautiful work BillP… any estimate of build time?

Good luck on the highboy, I’ll be waiting to see it too.


-- dust control

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#13 posted 1683 days ago

It took a while I carved it with a broken elbow, and kept telling my wife boy my elbow hurts. She would look at me and say I wonder why. The damn thing still hurts he said it would be 12 weeks to heal.

-- Billp

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#14 posted 1668 days ago

Hey Bill;

Great job! Carving with a broken elbow? WHY?

Can’t wait to see the High Boy either.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 1668 days ago

Nice job on the table.Looks good.Love the carved legs.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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