Empire table

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Couple months ago we delivered this Empire diner room table.

Our clients loves empire and asked us to create a dining room table inspired by an italian empire library table.

The top was made from solid mahogany Patrick Edwards bought in 72 or 74, I can’t remember.

The marquetry for the base was cut using the stack cutting (Boulle) technique in mahogany and ebony.
The hard part were to cut the straight lines on the greek key.

The cove marquetry were glued with Ol Brown Glue in a vacuum bag. To have the corner matching I did a do not slide prayer.

The feet for the base were carved by our friend Juan Perez inspired by a bronze we had left over from an other project

The top received a “simple” greek key pattern.

I made a jig with a japanese saw. I school and in my workshop in Paris I used a table saw with a special veneer blade and a jig, but here, at Antique Refinishers with Patrick Edwards, it is all hand tools.

Then all the pieces were organized by size and shape

Then put together on an assembly board

The rest was just glueing, sanding, pore filling

Then french polish

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 04-10-2013 09:06 PM

The table looks fantastic , as does the mirror frame. You really do amazing work.

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#2 posted 04-10-2013 09:12 PM

Trust me, It looks even better up close.
That last shot must have been quite close to the time of last winter’s classes.
I remember Patrice in his zen French polish mode.

Beautiful piece both of you, Inspiring for sure.

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

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 09:17 PM

I have to be zen for french polish, it is so annoying and requires at the same time so much attention. Listening to music or a book helps.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 09:27 PM

Looks Amazing! If you don’t mind me asking- about how much time was spent on this overall?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 09:44 PM

Around 250 hours, but we took our time on that one we had the chance to have a client with patience, which rarely come together.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#6 posted 04-10-2013 10:05 PM

Great work, looks like some amazing work, and done with hand tools no less. I’m impressed. That must be one heck of an outfit you are working for.

-- Peace be with you!

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#7 posted 04-10-2013 10:30 PM

Ah, not much to it, “just sanding, filling, etc” Fantastic work. A feast for the eyes. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Mark in Va

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#8 posted 04-10-2013 10:38 PM

I mean when all the hard work is done, the boring is left, sanding and finishing…
As we work only with hand tool, and almost only with marquetry and french polish, I have to confess we are not the cheapest, but it takes us a while to do them. So yes our client are wealthy, that goes with our trade, and they are hard to find…

-- Patrice lejeune

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#9 posted 04-10-2013 10:48 PM

Extremely impressive work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 04-10-2013 11:43 PM

Most impressive. A truly remarkable piece.

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Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 04-11-2013 12:32 AM

Magnificent Table!!! I love the Empire style of furniture, similar to the Biedermeier style just which was a little more restrained version of the Empire. Congratulations on a job very well done!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 04-11-2013 12:33 AM

Very impressive dining room table! I’m sure your client will love it!

-- Dean

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#13 posted 04-11-2013 12:39 AM

very impressive – beautiful work

-- Greg Simon

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#14 posted 04-11-2013 01:22 AM

Mighty fine work indeed! A table fit for a King!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#15 posted 04-11-2013 04:02 AM

Holy hell! The hours, the craftsmanship, the finish…. All spectacular, thank you for posting. Even though it makes me feel like a hack, could you please post more photos of your work?

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