Federal Entry Table

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Project by MC posted 12-23-2013 05:05 PM 984 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished the Federal entry table that my wife wanted for our foyer. The table was to match an antique secretary that she had inherited from her great aunt (last picture). This was my first Federal piece and I made a lot of mistakes but in the end I am happy with the way it came out. More importantly my wife is very happy. So much so that I have been given permission to convert our two car garage to a full time shop. (This did come with a long list of projects she would like me to build.)

The table is made of Honduran Mahogany with half crotch Mahogany veneer. Finish is shellac and wax.

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 05:32 PM

This is a very nice table indeed. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 05:42 PM

Very beautiful and first class work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 06:15 PM

Seriously beautiful work.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 06:25 PM

Beautiful work!

The matching to the secretary is exceptional; even the grain is compatible. And the top is beautifully quartered.

Really nice job.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 06:50 PM

Looks awesome. This should be the top project soon.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 07:01 PM

Beautiful work, the inlay is excellent!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#7 posted 12-23-2013 08:54 PM

I am inspired, to say the least. I have a wide piece of walnut set aside that I didn’t have the heart to cut up. After seeing your table top, I now know what I’d like to do with it!
Any mistakes are just learning processes and most folks would never know if we don’t point them out. You have an impressive piece! Keep up the great work! (I’d like to know more about the shellac / wax process?)

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#8 posted 12-23-2013 10:02 PM

First off you did a fantastic job of finding a grain match. Your table looks lilke it could have been made along side the secretary. The table is outstanding. You can be if it wasn’t for the lists a lot of us would be out of business.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 12-23-2013 11:47 PM

very nice piece.
I can see the grain changing in appearance as you walk around it and change the lighting angles.
A good use of excellent materials.

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

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#10 posted 12-23-2013 11:49 PM

Very nice entry table, the wood and veneers are beautiful, everythig about that tale is excellent and well made and finished….Awesome job and thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#11 posted 12-24-2013 12:45 AM

Beautiful piece.

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#12 posted 12-24-2013 12:46 AM

Exceptional job!

-- Todd, the Tool Man -

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#13 posted 12-24-2013 12:48 AM

Thats a nice statement piece for the house entryway, should bring plenty of commission piece here in the near future. Love the wood grain it just explode with excitement. Nice work and by the way congrats on the expansion plans.

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#14 posted 12-24-2013 12:50 AM

Very nice piece—looks great!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 12-24-2013 01:09 AM

Awesome job! Is this your own design?

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