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End Table made from Antique Drop leaf Table

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Project by English posted 01-04-2018 05:03 PM 1254 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This table was made from a antique Drop Leaf table that was made by wife’s great, great grandfather. The old table was in terrible shape. The original drop leaf table was 21” W x 40” L x 34” T Both drop leaves were made from single wide boards that were 24” wide and were both cupped about 3/4” from top to bottom. The table top was also from a single board and was 21” wide. I failed to get a picture of the original table before I broke it down.

Since my wife and I retired we moved in with her parents to care for them. We added on to the house, but with two households of belongings, there was no where for the drop leaf table. My wife was going to take it to Good Will. I told her that I could re-purpose the table and keep it in the family.

The new table is 17”W x 26” L x 28” H. The legs you see on the table above are the original legs turned on a pedal lathe by her great,great grandfather. I did cut off 6” of turned area at the bottom of the legs. The drawer front was one of the shirt ends from the old table frame. It is made from very soft poplar and was formed with several different hand planes to make the profile and then was veneered with mahogany veneer. You can see the shatter marks from the old plane in the wood. The table shirt is made from the original shirt sides from the old table, they are mortised and tenon. I was able to savage the old mortises and three of the old tenons.The shelf was made from the old drop leaves, they had to be ripped and re-jointed and glued up. The finish on the top and the shelf was completely gone. The rest of the table has it’s original shellac finish. To match the top and shelf, I ordered some shellac flakes that were unfiltered and natural color. It matched very well.

My wife and her family love the new table and think is will be around as long as the original..

-- John, Suffolk Virgina





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#1 posted 01-04-2018 08:36 PM

It’s beautiful, and I love its story just as much as I love the piece.

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