Serve it up with class

  • Advertise with us
Project by Davesfunwoodworking posted 07-30-2008 02:26 AM 2499 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

28 comments so far

View relic's profile


343 posts in 3936 days

#1 posted 07-30-2008 02:50 AM

This turned out beautifully. Great job.

-- Andy Stark

View woodbutcher's profile


592 posts in 4165 days

#2 posted 07-30-2008 03:13 AM

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.
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

View trifern's profile


8135 posts in 3766 days

#3 posted 07-30-2008 03:19 AM

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.

View Davesfunwoodworking's profile


278 posts in 3874 days

#4 posted 07-30-2008 03:24 AM

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

View Woodhacker's profile


1139 posts in 3723 days

#5 posted 07-30-2008 03:43 AM

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

View Miket's profile


308 posts in 3771 days

#6 posted 07-30-2008 03:58 AM

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.

View DocK16's profile


1184 posts in 4086 days

#7 posted 07-30-2008 04:43 AM

That’s one nice table. Great post.

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

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 3988 days

#8 posted 07-30-2008 04:47 AM

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

View lazyfiremaninTN's profile


528 posts in 3952 days

#9 posted 07-30-2008 05:58 AM

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

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

View Bigbuck's profile


1347 posts in 3663 days

#10 posted 07-30-2008 06:02 AM

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

-- Glenn, New Mexico

View Davesfunwoodworking's profile


278 posts in 3874 days

#11 posted 07-30-2008 06:07 AM

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

View dewoodwork's profile


184 posts in 3955 days

#12 posted 07-30-2008 06:20 AM

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.

View daveintexas's profile


365 posts in 3875 days

#13 posted 07-30-2008 06:23 AM

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

Thanks for posting

View jeanmarc's profile


1899 posts in 3716 days

#14 posted 07-30-2008 06:29 AM

Very nice looking table,

-- jeanmarc manosque france

View Dan Lyke's profile

Dan Lyke

1520 posts in 4124 days

#15 posted 07-30-2008 06:37 AM

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

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

showing 1 through 15 of 28 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics