Cypress table with my first cabriole legs

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Project by TheFridge posted 10-19-2016 02:54 AM 1711 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey there,

I’ve been wanting to try cabriole legs on a project, my mom wanted a table, and I have access to a bunch of cypress. So I built this. It took me about 6-7 weeks which is fast for me.

Just a hall table out of old growth cypress with cabriole legs. The drawer runners and box were made out of maple. All mortise and tenon. The knob was turned from a burly piece of cypress. The finish is French polish with lundmarks past wax. I like everything about lundmarks, but not how white it is when it dries. Specially in cracks and crevices. I had to use a toothbrush to clean it out all the wormholes. It was a pain.

Things I learned:

Go ahead and use blue tape to tape the scraps back onto the blank and don’t use hot glue. The idea had merit but overall it didn’t work out. It just gummed up my scrapers and shaves.

Make sure bandsaw is properly tuned and you don’t actually put a dull blade on it that should been in the trash.

The good looking wood in the heart of cypress is harder than the sap but is prone to delaminating.

Account for the kerfs when the drawer front is cut out. Leave out the stiles on the front as well.

I now have a love/hate relationship with curved spokeshaves.

French polish- definitely don’t rush it. Especially when building.

Mom loves it. I feel great about it. Got a couple calls about commissioned pieces because of it. So that’s awesome.

Thanks for looking. Comments welcome. Unless you are a blatant a-hole.

Edit: belated thanks to fellow LJ Robert Porter for answering my dumb questions during this build.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Greg the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 10-19-2016 03:42 AM

That is an awesome looking table Fridge… It is easy to see why your Mama really likes it a lot.

-- Wood for projects is like a good Fart..."better when you cut it yourself"

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#2 posted 10-19-2016 04:28 AM

First of all, the wood looks realy great, the top board is very beautiful. Curved legs are very good match and makes it very stylish.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 10-19-2016 04:28 AM

Good job, the top really comes to life with some finish on it.

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#4 posted 10-19-2016 04:38 AM

Great looking table Fridge !!

I think most of our problems come from not having enough time in the shop and when we do get out there we try to rush it to get something accomplished.

All the best, jd

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#5 posted 10-19-2016 05:45 AM

Nice one. I like your slim cabriole legs, not crazy about the ones with”fat hips”.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 10-19-2016 10:14 AM

Great table, Fridge. The finish on it is beautiful. The last image looks like the legs of a critter!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 10-19-2016 10:46 AM

Very classy looking piece sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 10-19-2016 12:45 PM

Thanks guys and gals. I’m very happy with the piece.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#9 posted 10-19-2016 02:19 PM

Doesn’t look like the legs were your first time. Great wood and finish. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 10-19-2016 02:35 PM

Wow, french polish on cypress, that must be rare.

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#11 posted 10-19-2016 02:41 PM

Gargey, I will now refer you to the last line in the post.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 10-19-2016 03:09 PM

Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#13 posted 10-19-2016 03:10 PM

I’m blatant but going to post anyway, go ahead and try stopping me….

Fantastic work bro, nice too that it was for mama Fridge.

Shop log is sweet.

-- ~Tony

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#14 posted 10-19-2016 03:34 PM

Picture #6 is da bomb, it shows so much of the ‘how’ that no words are needed. Thank you for including that one, and it’s an incredible piece all around. Love the top, the gargey polish looks great too. Fine work, Fridge. Finally, +1 to Tony’s eagle eyed observation of the in-situ shop log.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#15 posted 10-19-2016 03:51 PM

Thanks fellers.

Smitty, I thought the same when I decided to add it. I think it gives a good scope on how everything came together.

Everyone needs a shop log. I got 3 in varying sizes :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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