Federal Period Figured Table

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Project by jonsprague0000 posted 05-31-2016 12:54 AM 1150 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table is a reproduction Federal Period Card table from 1800. I enjoy the challenges and fine details that come with reproducing Federal works and this was certainly one of them. The original table was acquired by the curator of The Met and is available here for comparison: Not bad for a reproduction, huh?

Top – Curly Cherry
Sides and Drawers – Birdseye Maple
Legs – Tiger Maple
Banding – Ribbon African Mahogany

Finish and Hardware
A wash coat of Shellac was applied followed by a coat of boiled linseed oil. The final finish is Amber and Blonde shellac wet sanded to 600. A mix of Honey Amber and Golden Brown Transtint was used on the maple to mimic the aged maple in the original piece. No other stain or dyes were used. For the hardware I chose wax cast Hepplewhite knobs from Londonderry Brasses.

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 01:44 AM

Beautiful materials and Workmanship

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 01:48 AM

not bad at all my friend you nailed this one,5 stares great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 02:20 AM

Wow! That is absolutely beautiful. What an amazing wood combination!

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#4 posted 05-31-2016 03:45 AM

Beautiful workmanship. I love Federal furniture. Well done.


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#5 posted 05-31-2016 04:44 AM

That came out beautifully!
The figured wood is gorgeous!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 05-31-2016 11:17 AM

beautiful work and wood

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#7 posted 05-31-2016 11:48 AM


-- Doug...

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#8 posted 05-31-2016 12:29 PM

Outstanding !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#9 posted 05-31-2016 02:08 PM

Beautiful work

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#10 posted 05-31-2016 02:20 PM

Looks awesome.

-- Julian

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#11 posted 05-31-2016 04:26 PM

O it came out OK,,,,
Joking, man that is some beautiful workmanship there! Outstanding,!

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#12 posted 05-31-2016 05:22 PM

This is a very nice table and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 05-31-2016 06:22 PM

First, let me say “WOW”!. That is beautiful.
Second, let me show my inexperience with finishing by asking:
Why a coat of shellac, THEN BLO, followed by more shellac? I understand shellac can be used as a sealer coat, but oil is meant to soak in. Wouldn’t the seal coat of shellac prevent this? I am a fan of both oils and shellac and still learning the various combinations of finishes to achieve greatness.

-- Every day in another opportunity to create something great.

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#14 posted 06-01-2016 03:32 AM

SgtRich – With Cherry I often lay down a wash coat of shellac and then very lightly sand before I add oils. This helps reduce blotching and evens out the finish. The wash coat is thinned Shellac that is cut to around a lb with denatured alcohol. The shellac mainly soaks into the end grain so that the blotching isn’t as extreme and doesn’t really affect the long grain. It is thin enough that it doesn’t prevent the oil from soaking in.

Basically just blotch control and then I apply several shellac layers at the end for the real finish.

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#15 posted 06-01-2016 08:41 AM

Great work on this piece of history

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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