|Project by YBNORMAL||posted 03-09-2012 08:52 PM||4324 views||6 times favorited||12 comments|
This was initiated as a demonstration project, I wanted to try several new things in the same project without expending the quartersawn white oak I wanted for the “REAL” project. So this one has flat sawn water-oak as the top and the bottom is painted cypress.
The pattern is an exact copy from an antique origninal that we have, I say exact because i even managed to copy the one flaw in the original to this table. (more on that later)
This is a Stow Leaf square top table, the leaves pull from under the main top. The main top rides on two oak runners that are trapped under a center support structure. The guys that make the antique origninal sure knew how to build great furniture. I will bet they didn’t even have a plan either.
One of the new skills for this project were the rope twist legs. I had envisioned a barley twist, but when i ordered the router bits, I didn’t know the difference and this was what i got. I still like it, just not what I had envisioned.
I still think the legs turned out great.
I decided to put an antique white base coat and a brown glaze on the bottom because of the legs being glue-ups. Still the finish turned out pretty good. ( can’t really tell in the pictures, looks good in person)
Oh yeah, the one flaw. My wife constantly chides me because I always point out the flaws in my projects to whoever is looking. She believes if they don’t see it I shouldn’t point it out. I think we both learn from the flaws and I can do better next time.
On the original,when the leaves are pushed under the table top rest at a slight angle which you can readily see in the third picture. When you copy a plan exactly, Guess what, mine has the same problem. I have already formulated a fix. The center brace that captures the runners is about 1.5 inches too wide. That causes the runners to rest against the brace when pushed in and causes the downward slope. I will be making another center brace for this table. and won’t make that mistake again.
So bring on the comments.!