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Project by Davesfunwoodworking posted 2171 days ago 1806 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thit is a very old style Serving Tea Table used in the 1700s. They where built in alot of styles. If you owned one like this one, you had alot of money and were very well off.

I started the legs about a month or so ago for this table. All the Walnut came from old gun stock blanks that the woman was using for fire wood. I worked out a trade of one load of pine firewood for a load of Walnut. I put a blog on a few months ago about them.
So this whole project is done using the gun stock blanks. The top is made out of some Walnut burl veneer I have had for some time now. All of the wood I used on this table was going to the fire.
I started off with the legs because I have never done any like these before. I wasnt sure that they would turn out. They are all shaped by hand and they where fun to make, but hard.
I had never done veneer before so I made a vacuum press. I ordered all the stuff I needed to make the bag. Glued it up and started the vacuum. Wow no leaks and it worked great. (A whole new area in woodworking for me). I had alot of fun making this Serving tea table.

This project was alot of fun. Alot of new things were tried that I have never done. I think I am starting to get this whole woodworking thing down!!

-- Davesfunwoodworking





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relic

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#1 posted 2171 days ago

This turned out beautifully. Great job.

-- Andy Stark

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woodbutcher

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#2 posted 2171 days ago

Davesfunwoodworking,
Glad to see you’re still having fun-the walnut is simply stunning. Great job on the legs also-how easy were the bottoms of the apron to make? That is a beautiful table overall. I don’t even drink tea, but would enjoy being seved the same from a table like that! Congratulations, on an excellent build.
Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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trifern

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#3 posted 2171 days ago

That’s definitely one classy tea table. The walnut is beautiful. I like the book matched pull out slide as well. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#4 posted 2171 days ago

The aprons are done in 2 parts whit the bottom done with a hand file and a smalll hand plane. I had to shape them then glue them to the mail aprons. It was a challenge from start to finish with the whole table. But I learned so much more than when I started. Also thank you for the kind words and yes I try to always have fun with what ever I am doing.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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Woodhacker

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#5 posted 2171 days ago

Gunstocks for firewood?! There ought to be a law against that. Anyway, thanks for saving them from “going up in smoke”. That is an incredible table and you did a fantastic job. I absolutely love the top.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Miket

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#6 posted 2171 days ago

That’s a very nice looking table.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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DocK16

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#7 posted 2171 days ago

That’s one nice table. Great post.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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GaryK

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#8 posted 2171 days ago

Very cool looking table! Nice veneering job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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lazyfiremaninTN

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#9 posted 2171 days ago

Beautiful. Isn’t it fun trying to push ourselves to the next level?

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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Bigbuck

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#10 posted 2171 days ago

Very nice looking tea table, I can’t belive someone was going to burn that wood.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#11 posted 2171 days ago

Whats sad about it all is that the lady I got the wood from burnt two 15ft by 20ft buildings full from the ground up about 7ft tall. She called me about 2 months ago and said she is almost out and wanted me to come get the rest if I wanted it. I am going back as soon as I get more pine or oak firewood.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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dewoodwork

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#12 posted 2171 days ago

WOWEE! what a eye Popper. That is one beautiful table. I think you definitely have this woodworking thing down.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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daveintexas

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#13 posted 2171 days ago

What a beautiful table, the design and execution is superb. Of course I love the veneer.

Thanks for posting

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jeanmarc

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#14 posted 2171 days ago

Very nice looking table,

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Dan Lyke

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#15 posted 2171 days ago

Fantastic! And a cool story on the wood, too. Love the way those legs turned out.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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