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Project by Joel Tille posted 03-19-2007 06:20 AM 5898 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a friend that is in auctioneer, this table would not sell at one of his auctions, and he purchased it and asked us if we would give it a little care. Susie and I have been working on it in her spare time. We try to help pieces like this resell, but we can not always put the devoted attention we would like to. We only make a portion of what he can auction it off for. But it does help us pay for tools and utilities for our hobby.

This table is 45” diameter, has nine leaves. With all the leaves in the table is ten feet long. There are 6 chairs that go with it; Susie is going to recover the seats on these. On one of the ends of the table there is a little sticker of sorts. It has the name of the table as “Twin Tilt Top”. The bases and top have a hinging mechanism so the table tilts up and locks in at about a 60 deg angle. It was manufactured by the Wisconsin Furniture Company of Milwaukee. It has a patent date of 1915.

Today we cut and glued new quarter-sawn oak veneer around the edge of the table.

We will post more pictures after a little more progress.

-- Joel Tille





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#1 posted 03-19-2007 06:54 AM

Looks like an interesting project to follow. Is the whole table made of oak? Do you know the purpose of the 60 deg tilt?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 03-19-2007 11:45 AM

what holds all those leaves up once it is extended?? How do the slides go 10ft long? Yah, and the tilt?

This is amazing. Why wouldn’t anyone buy this baby?? I love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 03-19-2007 01:06 PM

Mark – The end wings may not be oak or of lower quality oak with the Quarter-sawn veneer applied; which is in very good shape. The edgeing was almost all gone so we decide to strip the remainder and make new edgeing. The leaves vary from very little quarter-sawn to rift and flat sawn solid boards.
My first thought for the tilt top was to move the 45” dia table through door ways, a friend of ours thought maybe in some smaller houses you would tilt it up and slide over to wall for more walking space. other than that iI don’t know. I am trying to find more on some Wisconsin historical websites.

Debbie – A series of slides, You can move the top wings out a fit about three leaves in befor you need to unlock the the pedestal and split it. The slides have two grooves down each side lengthwise. Each board has a mating piece that fits into the grooves. Even extended to the 10’ it seems fairly sturdy. I have a few screws that need to be tightened under neath ad that may help also.

-- Joel Tille

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#4 posted 03-19-2007 01:15 PM

ooooh a series of slids. Of course!!
Still, there’s a lot of unsupported wood in the middle. Thouse sliders must really be made well.
A great table.

Tilt: both reasons for the tilt make sense.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#5 posted 03-19-2007 01:21 PM

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#6 posted 03-19-2007 01:37 PM

Debbie – Thanks for the website, what search engine did you use to find this. Other than the base, they are the same build. The mechanism on the bottom of the table and and the way the boards are cut out where it hinges are the same.

Again Thanks.

-- Joel Tille

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#7 posted 03-19-2007 01:42 PM

I used google

and oh. look what I found!!! More info on the Tilt.

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4196/is_20000611/ai_n10598744

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 03-19-2007 01:56 PM

You are a plethora of information, Thanks now I know my friend was right about the tilt. Glad we didn’t bet on this.

-- Joel Tille

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#9 posted 03-19-2007 02:02 PM

nice wood on the top

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#10 posted 04-01-2007 08:58 AM

Joel,
I have a table made by the same company, but it is rectangular instead of round. My dad took it to a refinisher twenty years ago and they lost some of the hardware on the bottom. Of course they didn’t bother to say anything. Is there any way you could take a couple of pics of the way the chains and lock handle are set up? Of course it has made it’s way to my house, and I would love to know how to lock the top together, or at least know what parts are missing so I can come up with a fix. It will be a beautiful table when you are done. They are very well made…did you notice the tongue and groove joints on everything? Don’t know if you have the original chairs or not, so if you need a pic of them, I can get one to you.

Rob

Rob

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#11 posted 04-01-2007 02:52 PM

Thanks for the additional information, Joel.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 09-23-2007 09:25 PM

Hi
I am fixing to receive a table like the one you are working on, from my mother. It is a square shape with the rounded corners and lots of leaves. I am interested in knowing how the one you are working on above turns out.
Ours will have to be refinished at some point also. It is a beautiful table. I was intrigued to find that all the chaining mechanisms were made from copper. I also wasn’t aware that it tilted….never thought to ask ! Anyway, your site is what came up when I typed in Wisconsin Furniture Company, trying to get info on this table. I would love to know what the original chairs looked like. We’ll be watching. Thanks. Roo

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#13 posted 10-24-2007 02:28 AM

I have a Wisconsin Furniture Tilt Top Twin Pedestal table. The top is in beautiful condition but the pedestal has some chips where people have kicked and knicked it. The table is an oak veneer with 6 matching chairs. The tag stapled to the bottom of the table has a patent date of 1919. The table is 45 inches rounded square. The table has three leaves – one that is a perfect match for the table and the others fit but are solid wood so they may have been made for the table because I don’t feel they are original. Your website came up when I typed in Wisconsin Furniture Company. My table was sold by Henry Anderson Furniture Company in Plankinton, South Dakota. I bought it from an antique dealer in Mitchell. I used the table until I got my Mother-in-laws dining set. I would like to sell the table and chairs as I no longer need this set.

-- Lelia, South Dakota, www.kentoncompany.com

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#14 posted 03-16-2008 01:57 PM

Hope to see it when it is done.

Tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 03-18-2009 01:49 AM

I have a table like this. And I have the matching settee ( sp ). My aunt bought it for my grandmother iin the early ‘50’s. It is the only dinning room table I remember when we went to grandmas for Sunday dinner. I have all the leaves and the six chairs also. There was enough family there we often had all the leaves in the table. I am wondering why it didin’t sell?? Was there a minimum bid that was not met?

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