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Project by Builder_Bob posted 1548 days ago 1618 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a lot of fun. A stretch for me and a great learning experience.

A bit of veneer, a bit of inlay, and a bit of water from the recent east coast floods.

Now I know exactly how to do the second one!

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."





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#1 posted 1548 days ago

lookin good !

-- bill

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#2 posted 1548 days ago

Really nicely done, Bob. You would never know by the end product that it was a stretch for you!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#3 posted 1548 days ago

That’s sweeeeeet man I love it what a lovely little hall card table.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 1548 days ago

Very nice table Bob. It looks terrific. Well done.

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#5 posted 1548 days ago

Very well done. This is one great looking table. Thanks for sharing.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 1548 days ago

Great looking and a hidden fuction. It took me a couple runs through the pictures to figure it out.

Is it pretty stable with only one leg rotating? Did you think about rotating both for a more square foot print or is there a design issue with that I am not seeing?

Steve.

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#7 posted 1548 days ago

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 1547 days ago

Steve, I patterned it after a federal style game table that hinged a single rear leg. I see now that most of the game tables do hinge both rear legs. I didn’t really think about it until it was done.

It is a weak spot in the design, especially with the heavy mahogany top(s), the single spindly rear leg, and the small hinge. The hinge plays a big role in the stability equation.

I may just take it apart and hinge both rear legs, using two heavy duty brass hinges for each leg. The extension of the legs would be a bit less than the front legs, but the overall result should be more stable.

Taking it apart is a small task. I built and finished each subassembly (tops, legs, curved sections, back boards) and pocket screwed the whole thing together. Not a drop of glue (or proper joinery) anywhere!

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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Builder_Bob

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#9 posted 1546 days ago

Last night I took a closer look at my card table with the one swinging gateleg. My table is based on the article in FWW issue #59, “Federal Card Table” by Michael Dunbar. That table in turn is based on a piece from the period, thought to be from Baltimore. The article indicates that the “look” of the table when open was unimportant as the open table was usually draped with a cloth when used for games. Cards would otherwise go flying across the polished mahogany surface!

The normal tendency is to open the swinging leg to 90 degrees before lowering the table on it, but the best overall stability occurs when the swinging leg is open about 45 to 60 degrees. This smaller angle provides minimal spacing between leg supports. Overall, I’m happy with the feel of the open table, so I’ll leave mine like it is.

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#10 posted 1534 days ago

nice table. Kreg is good stuff.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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