Federal Style Game Table

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Project by Builder_Bob posted 06-20-2010 06:12 PM 2610 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my second “Game Table”.

This one has two swinging legs to support the top when it opens, and the center section has become a drawer!

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

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#1 posted 06-20-2010 06:20 PM

Very nice table thanks for the photos showing the layout of the top and apron.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-20-2010 06:36 PM

Very classy piece. Great work!

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

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#3 posted 06-20-2010 06:42 PM

Nice looking table!

I was wondering what made you decide to not use the traditional wooden knuckle hinges for the two swing legs? I haven’t made one of these so my comment is from an armchair quarterback position. :)

-- Scott, Colorado

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#4 posted 06-20-2010 07:55 PM

Nice tables!!!!!
Bet that was fun to build

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#5 posted 06-20-2010 08:45 PM

I agree with Jim… thanks for posting some “along the way” shots.

I love these tables for their graceful lines, as well as their versatility/usefulness without taking up a lot of space.

I hope this one gets a lot of good use at your house.

I also like your mixed use of joinery. That might be a semi-blasphemous thing to say, but at this point, I am still using pockethole joinery from time to time, and will begin to try other joinery methods on upcoming projects. I have a Dowel Pro Jig that I just got, but have not yet used. I am looking forward to using it though.

Back on topic… great build!

Will you tell us more about the various materials and construction methods you used please?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 06-20-2010 09:01 PM

I really enjoy building tables, although I have never built anything that nice. Great table.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#7 posted 06-20-2010 11:39 PM

Great looking table. Beautiful job and excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 06-21-2010 12:21 AM

Nice table Bob, the wood you used looks great and I really like the banding around the apron and legs

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 06-21-2010 01:36 AM

Nice table. Did you work from plans? if so who’s plans?
Vintage looking. Great Job.

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#10 posted 06-21-2010 02:18 AM

Very nice table
How did you do the inlay on the curved apron?
It’s very nice.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#11 posted 06-21-2010 03:49 AM

That is very cool and the work is beautiful.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#12 posted 06-21-2010 04:31 AM

Well done!

-- Peter, Central VA

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#13 posted 06-21-2010 04:56 PM

Well, thanks everyone! I’m not used to getting so many comments.

Scott, I’ve seen an example of a wooden hinge used for a single swinging leg and I don’t think I have the talent (or patience) for that yet. My first game table (also posted in lumberjocks) had a single swinging leg, I thought I’d try two in this one. Stability is a problem with those spindly legs and the weight of a solid mahogany top. Adding two “L shaped” legs hanging out the back doesn’t help. I’ve experimented with some clamped on braces and they help a lot. This is for occasional gentle use only.

Jonathan, as an amateur (one year with this hobby), I totally rely on pocket hole joinery. I’ve stopped apologizing for it. This table is completely assembled with pocket hole joinery. The legs, three curved skirt sections, and internal bracing are all screwed on. Even the drawer sides are screwed onto the drawer front. In fact all the parts were sealed, dyed, and finished separately. I find pocket hole joinery to be very liberating and it opens up the kinds of projects I can build. Materials: solid mahogany for legs and tops, Cherry for internal bracing, drawer carcass from poplar, three curved sections built up from stacked, brick laid arcs of pine veneered with mahogany.

Emmett, I cut the groove for the inlay on the router table. The secret is to clamp a flat board to the router table fence, above the cutter. The front of the skirt rides on that board and it keeps the skirt from getting too close to the cutter.

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

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#14 posted 11-29-2010 11:12 PM

Great job Bob, I might just have to add something like this to my projects to do list. My wifes been asking about a small table to put the phone on and some adaptation of your design might just do the trick.

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