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Project by Elm55 posted 06-02-2017 04:46 PM 507 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This card table is based on a similar version in the National Gallery of Art thought to be made by Thomas Affleck in the latter half of the 18th century in Philadelphia.

Below is the original made in mahogany:

With cherry being so abundant where I live, that’s what I went with seen below:

The piece was started during a week long class at Jeff Headley’s Woodworking Workshops of the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester with plans and guidance provided by Jeff. Many more days needed at home to complete it.

Features include:
Serpentine drawer front and sides.
Knuckle joint for the left rear leg to swing out to support the unfolded table top.
Gadrooning
Rope twist moulding along the legs
Fret saw cut and carved bracket corners
Marlborough legs with cuffed feet
Cockbeaded drawer
Card table hinges

More info about the piece and its history

Regards,
Elm





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woodchuckerNJ

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#1 posted 06-02-2017 05:01 PM

well done.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 06-02-2017 05:13 PM

WOW! Awesome piece. Please tell us more about the gadrooning and the rope twist moulding … did you make this? Most important question … hand tools or power tools? Good work either way!

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

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Elm55

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#3 posted 06-02-2017 05:23 PM

Both the gadrooning and rope twist were hand carved. Click on the gadrooning link above for details. Since I made this piece, I realized what sharp is for carving tools and carving this out would be a bit easier now. The rope twist is fairly simple. I used a double beveled No.1 gouge to rough out and a small No.3 to round over things.

Joinery was mostly hand tools. Milling with bandsaw and plane at home. Dovetails by hand. Some tenons with table saw at Jeff’s shop and a couple by hand at home. Mitered cuffed feet would have been too dangerous with power tools. Easy with a donkey’s ear. Cockbeading recesses with a moving filletser plane. Serpentine front made at Jeff’s shop with each of the 5 stacked poplar pieces fashioned with a template router bit. I hand sawed the front of the drawer to make a strong 1/8” cherry veneer.

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 06-02-2017 05:44 PM



Both the gadrooning and rope twist were hand carved. Click on the gadrooning link above for details. Since I made this piece, I realized what sharp is for carving tools and carving this out would be a bit easier now. The rope twist is fairly simple. I used a double beveled No.1 gouge to rough out and a small No.3 to round over things.

Joinery was mostly hand tools. Milling with bandsaw and plane at home. Dovetails by hand. Some tenons with table saw at Jeff s shop and a couple by hand at home. Mitered cuffed feet would have been too dangerous with power tools. Easy with a donkey s ear. Cockbeading recesses with a moving filletser plane. Serpentine front made at Jeff s shop with each of the 5 stacked poplar pieces fashioned with a template router bit. I hand sawed the front of the drawer to make a strong 1/8” cherry veneer.

- Elm55

Thanks for the reply … again … AWESOME!

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

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#5 posted 06-02-2017 07:35 PM

that’s a real beauty.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#6 posted 06-03-2017 04:17 AM

An amazing piece. And thanks too for the detailed description of the construction. Nicely done

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#7 posted 06-03-2017 05:06 AM

That’s truly fantastic.

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#8 posted 06-03-2017 11:02 AM

Incredible work, the craftsmanship in this piece is awesome.

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#9 posted 06-03-2017 02:48 PM

Elm, this is an outstanding piece of furniture and is full of lovely details and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#10 posted 06-03-2017 08:47 PM

That is a Beautiful card table! Also, thanks for the information on the Shenandoah workshop, I’m less than an hour away from their shop and I had no idea. Who has two thumbs and will be taking a class soon? This guy!

-- Try to learn something about everything and everything about something - Thomas Huxley

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#11 posted 06-04-2017 01:09 AM

Magnificent. A piece the sets the bar very high for the rest of us.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 06-04-2017 01:17 AM

Wow that’s beautifully done. You’re really into period pieces. Beautiful details and beautifully finished.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#13 posted 06-04-2017 04:19 AM

man I gotta be honest and say that the work presented on this forum is sometimes so far off its embarresing.i see stuff thats so simple get top 3 and hundreds or thousands of hits and not even compare to what youve done,and I’m including myself,i mean making some simple jig or fixture and everyone raves but something complex like this and no one hardly looks.kinda sad that we arn’t teaching the value of fine woodworking.let me just say excellent work my friend,and I hope you get top 3,because you deserve it.

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

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Purplelady

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#14 posted 06-04-2017 05:09 PM

Beautiful piece! I love all the carving. This is great work and I agree with Pottz, this should definitely be top 3!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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Elm55

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#15 posted 06-04-2017 11:11 PM

Pottz – thanks for the comment. Not sure how the top 3 works nor do I care. I have learned a lot from the Internet and I’m just trying to give back.

But, if I exchange out the draw pulls with some fidget spinners, I might have a chance next time.

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