Pie-Crust Table

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Project by Eli posted 1605 days ago 2343 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pie-crust table I made while attending the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. It is solid mahogany and the top is a single 36” wide board. The top was dished out on the lathe, then shaped by hand.

I like the figure of the top and the overall design. It has the usual crust layout with 8 repetitions. I based the legs on an original, which I can’t cite at the moment. They had a lot of tension which I wanted to recreate. I felt that I succeeded in general. The feet continued the tension of the legs. My carvings left much to be desired. They lacked polish to the point of distraction. The column is under-embellished, which contrasts with the legs and top.

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#1 posted 1605 days ago

absolutly beautiful…....................and no easy piece to make.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#2 posted 1605 days ago

Fantastic job!

I’m left wondering where one finds a 36” wide mahogany board and a lathe big enough to put it on. :-)

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

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 1605 days ago

Excellent!! I’m with Charlie, that is one big lathe. I’m guessing an outboard turning???

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 1605 days ago

Very nice. Welcome to LJs.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Tony Strupulis

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#6 posted 1605 days ago

That’s awesome! Did you turn the table top on a lathe as others suggested or did you lower the field by hand?

Are you Eli, the NBSS student from the T-Chisel podcasts?

-- Tony -

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#7 posted 1605 days ago

The board is from Irion Lumber in Pennsylvania. It was turned outboard on a lathe at the North Bennet Street School. I am that Eli. :) Thanks for the compliments.

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#8 posted 1605 days ago

What an outstanding piece of work, that’s the type of work I strive for but don’t think I’ll live long enough to get that good!
I find it interesting and I guess all things are relative; you build a beautiful piece like that and point out what you don’t like about it. Guess that’s part of being a woodworker no matter what level we are at.
My carvings left much to be desired. They lacked polish to the point of distraction. The column is under-embellished, which contrasts with the legs and top.
Do you get graded on your work at NBSS?

-- Mark,

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#9 posted 1605 days ago

Personally I think that the column has just enough “flavor” to it and goes well with the flow of the legs before the feet “happen”. The top is remarkable to say the least. What did you finish this beauty with ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 1605 days ago

We were graded, but the grades aren’t very serious. If you make a good effort and fulfill the requirements, you’re fine. I don’t generally point those things out, although it is a natural tendency of some woodworkers. I’m certainly proud of my work and think it looks great. This piece has been around for a while and I’m always open to critique. I wanted to give everyone an idea of where I stand on my work and invite criticism. I appreciate the pats on the back and I also appreciate honest and open critique.

The finish is just oil and shellac. I’m not a very good finisher and I didn’t want to experiment on this one.


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 1605 days ago

Great job Eli,

Beautiful !

Makes me want to finsh the one in my shop.

Although we didn’t use a lathe, we used a router and sled on the top. We got the Mahogany in Pennsylvania also, but at Hearnes Hardwoods.

I found the feet to be far more difficuclt to carve than ball and claw legs for a highboy.

Just not as intuitive. But since it’s almost finished, I think I will get back to it. Only a handful of hours needed to finish it.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 1605 days ago

I’m blown away by the mahogany plank you used for the top. I have seen some pretty big mahogany boards, but a 36” wide single piece is always impressive, especially with that grain.

-- David from Indiana --

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#13 posted 1605 days ago

Never heard of this kind of table, but its awesome. And the comments on the process are also fascinating.

-- --RoB, Florida

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#14 posted 1605 days ago

Very impressive piece. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 1605 days ago

Excellent craftsmanship. Well done.

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