Seymour Work Table Reproduction

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Project by jonsprague0000 posted 07-29-2017 09:15 PM 1026 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table is a reproduction Thomas and John Seymour federal period work table from 1805-1815. The original is on display in the White House. This was one of my most challenging projects yet mainly due to the complexity of the lunette banding and hand reeded legs.

Top – Maple Burl and Lacewood veneer. Curly Maple and Ebony inlays. Eastern White Pine secondary.
Sides and Drawers – Curly Maple veneer with Rosewood, Ebony, Maple inlay and stringing. Honduran Mahogany drawers. Eastern White Pine secondary.
Legs – Honduran Mahogany
Banding – Sand shaded Curly Maple lunette banding

A wash coat of Shellac was applied followed by a coat of boiled linseed oil. The Rosewood had to be sealed with laquer due to the alcohol in the shellac causing bleeding. The final finish is Amber and Blonde shellac wet sanded to 600 rubbed out with wax. A mix of Honey Amber and Golden Brown Transtint was used on the maple to mimic the aged maple in the original piece. No other stain or dyes were used.

For the hardware I chose wax cast pulls, brass casters, and half mortise locks from Londonderry Brasses.

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-29-2017 09:55 PM

Great work, The only thing I would do differently is use smaller pulls? It is a masterpiece.

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#2 posted 07-30-2017 10:45 AM

Fantastic, all I can say.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 07-30-2017 01:46 PM

This is a very nice piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 07-30-2017 03:46 PM

Another exquisite piece. ...... so many fine details to take in.
Very nice work!

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

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#5 posted 07-30-2017 05:09 PM

Wow, incredible was my first thought.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 07-30-2017 05:24 PM

Beautiful work!

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 07-30-2017 05:40 PM

Masterful workmanship and amazing piece.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 07-30-2017 07:40 PM

I’m a big fan of the Federal Period and the Seymour’s have always been a favorite of mine. I really like working the banding and you got it to a “T”.

Great work!!

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#9 posted 07-31-2017 01:47 PM

Thanks all for the kind words. It was a fun project. If anyone lives in Dallas then look for it in the Texas State Fair creative arts competition.

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#10 posted 07-31-2017 01:48 PM

Thanks for the feedback punkin. I agree, except those were the original size and I wanted to make it as accurate as possible.

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#11 posted 07-31-2017 04:41 PM

Superb. The veneer work looks perfect. The reeded legs must have been very time consuming. You should win first prize at the state fair.

-- Julian

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#12 posted 07-31-2017 07:52 PM

i agree with the others just a beautiful piece of craftsmanship,truly outstanding work.

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

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#13 posted 07-31-2017 09:21 PM

Have you more photos of the build? I’d love to see them! Absolutely magnificent. A true reproduction. Hope your proud.

-- Charlie

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#14 posted 08-10-2017 01:49 PM

Here you go Charlie.

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