Pembroke table #1

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Project by Patricelejeune posted 426 days ago 1603 views 8 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before we started working on the Pembroke table #2 in 2009, we did another pembroke table

This is a 3 paire of hand project.

We were housing a french trainee, Hubert Jego, whom graduated in furniture making and had little experience in marquetry. To help him progress and also practice marquetry, his field of interest, we designed this project based on a piece we were restoring at that time. It was a good training for Hubert and at the same time a rehearsal for the Pembroke table #2 project, we were waiting on to go through. (I don’t know if this is english)

Hubert started the cabinet making and did the marquetry under our suppervision, I finished the cabinet making and I did the veneering and finishing after Hubert had to go back to France.

The table is assembled with square pieces as it is easier to handle.

The tracing is done on the pieces

And the shape are cut

The trick to cut that kind of feet (please whisper me the name, I forgot) is to net cut it completely, leave about a 1/4” at the end, that way it stays square so easy to cut on the bandsaw, and the tracing stays in place. You just have to brake it apart at the end, and you can plane it flat.

The inside shape is cut and the piece left over is kept to help while glueing the veneer.

The veneer is prepared, we decided on an ash burl we died afterwards. The pieces were to short for the legs. The way to put burl together, if you do not want it to be seen, cut it on the chevalet or on a scroll saw with curves.

The curves are glued with hot hide glue and hammer veneered. Easy and fast.

The feet are veneered flat with clamps and Old Brown Glue.

Here is a picture of Hubert Jego, he is less blurry in real life, on Ed White’s chevalet we were housing in our stable at that time.

Backgrounds and pieces

The burl has been died with natural and traditional stains, my favorite mis of chicory walnut husk and a little acajoutine. This is the french polishing station


Finished project

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 426 days ago

Now those are some good looking tables. Well done!

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#2 posted 426 days ago

Wow! Masterful workmanship!

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#3 posted 426 days ago

Beautiful work. Exquisite.

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#4 posted 426 days ago

Gorgeous. All those meticulous hours really show in the final pieces.

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#5 posted 426 days ago

Beautiful tables : )

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#6 posted 426 days ago


-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#7 posted 426 days ago

Absolutely amazing! Thank you for the detailed description and photos.

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#8 posted 426 days ago

Standing ovation.

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#9 posted 426 days ago

Amazing work. The high level of craftsmanship is very inspiring.

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#10 posted 426 days ago

Very nice Patrice clever idea on cutting the aprons.

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#11 posted 426 days ago

Great work!

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#12 posted 426 days ago

The tables themselves are classics and great. The contrasting wood and inlay just takes
them to another level of awesomeness.

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#13 posted 426 days ago

Beautiful tables and superb workmanship. Love them.

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#14 posted 426 days ago


How blessed Hubert was to be able to learn from two masters of the art of marquetry! The outcome is absolutely superb!


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#15 posted 426 days ago

Outstanding work.

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