Federal Card Table

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Project by Zipsss posted 04-17-2017 08:42 PM 1409 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Based on Finewoodworking Federal Card Table, with a few variations. The top opens to a full round table by swinging the back legs out and opening the top. The table top is Black Walnut, the apron is a laminated English Walnut with strips of Holly and a binding of Holly and Walnut. The loop on top of the bell flowers is inlay epoxy with crushed green stone. The lines in the flowers are burned into the Holly. The legs are Mahogany and the inlay is Holly. The “socks” are Ebony with a matching binding as in the apron.
This was one of my most enjoyable projects due to the amount of new techniques for me. First time doing inlay, first time doing my own bindings, firs time doing pyrography. This project took about 200 hours of beautiful work including a few jigs and some leg mock ups.

-- Zipsss

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#1 posted 04-17-2017 09:30 PM

That’s a beauty

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#2 posted 04-17-2017 09:42 PM

Most impressive! Kudos on the modification(s). Good Job!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#3 posted 04-17-2017 09:59 PM

Splendid execution. Well done.

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#4 posted 04-17-2017 10:26 PM

Ze’ev Beautiful table and some newly learned skills. Very impressive.

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#5 posted 04-17-2017 11:19 PM

That is beautiful. I really like all the details in the table legs.

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#6 posted 04-17-2017 11:51 PM

That is superb. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#7 posted 04-18-2017 02:49 AM

Nice job. I’m surprised that I was the first to favorite. And I don’t use that button frivolously.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#8 posted 04-18-2017 09:16 AM

This is a great idea, making a classic design that with a modern twist. I’ve often thought of trying a federal but as it’s a beautiful design for a side table, this adds usefulness. Great work!

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#9 posted 04-18-2017 11:31 PM

Very nice table, the inlays look fantastic.

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#10 posted 04-19-2017 12:36 AM

Very sexy legs. Great job on all the inlay.

-- Julian

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#11 posted 04-19-2017 03:07 PM

whole table is fantastic … like how legs open up …..GREAT JOB :<))


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#12 posted 04-22-2017 02:19 AM

Truly an elegant and a beautiful piece.

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#13 posted 01-31-2018 11:47 PM

How did you achieve those ebony “socks”?

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#14 posted 02-01-2018 09:38 PM

MicycleTU11. I hand saw 1/8 deep cut on the sides of the legs and then a vertical cut of about 1/16 and then chisel work and router plane work until I get to the 1/8 deep mark. Then glue the 1/8 thick piece of ebony and hand plane to an even surface.

-- Zipsss

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