Federal Card Table

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Project by Edward E Nock II posted 704 days ago 1573 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hera is my latest project. I built this table a few years ago, and worried about the finish I should use. It stayed covered in my shop. Two weeks ago our neighbor had a family Crab Feast. They invited me to come and meet their guests. Her son and daughter asked if I still had the table. They came to my shop, fellin love with it, asked the price, I quoted it , and they said SOLD!!!!!!!. Now, I had to finish it .

The table is made of Mahogany w/ Holly inlay. it’s approx 36” in dia. x 30” high. the legs are tapered on the front & two sides, and attached to the apron w/ a briddle joint. The apron was made of White Pine layed up brick style, band sawed, and pattered shaped on the router table, and vennered w/ 1/8” Mahg. All of the striping were hand
scratched, the banding was done on the router table.

Now for the finish. I took the bull by the horns and went w/ “Bartley Gel Varnish”. Three coats rubbed down w/ “Klingspor” grey sinthetic wool. Two coats of “Minwax Paste Wax”.


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#1 posted 704 days ago

Great piece of work, beautifully detailed.

-- chris, north wales

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#2 posted 704 days ago

Very Nice, love the details

-- Chad, Gilbert AZ and

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#3 posted 704 days ago

Ed – This is outstanding sir!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 704 days ago

Really a nice piece of furniture, nice work. Excellent craftsmanship.
Thanks for showing.

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#5 posted 704 days ago

You do beautiful work. Very attractive plus being a useful table.

Ed, how about a class on string inlay? Yours looks really nice.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 704 days ago

Great looking table ! Is the mahogany what some call “American Mahogany” ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 704 days ago

A beauty Ed.
The demilune is one of my favorites and this is a fine demilune…. and more!
I’m glad to hear the thickness of your mahogany veneer. I have an antique sideboard that is telegraphing its”bricks” a little. I’m sure you’ll be OK with the 1/8”.
Very nice piece.

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

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#8 posted 704 days ago

Ed I am stunned, Beautiful work.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#9 posted 704 days ago

Fantastic card table Ed all the details are just right. No wonder they snatched it up it’s a real work of art.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 704 days ago

Beautiful table. The wood looks great, the inlays and finish are all excellent!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 704 days ago

Ed, fabulos work on a difficult table to build. I hope that paid you propertly. Beautiful.

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#12 posted 703 days ago

Nicely done. That is a wonderful piece of work.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#13 posted 703 days ago

Very fine one of the best I have seen on LJ way to go 5 out of 5 stars

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#14 posted 703 days ago

Beautiful table and very nice inlay.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 703 days ago

You did a fabulous job. Great job on the stringing and inlay.

-- Julian

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