Federal Tip Top Table

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Project by WhattheChuck posted 08-28-2008 04:06 AM 1471 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Federal Tip Top table, reproduced from Michael Dunbar’s classic book, Federal Furniture.

I like little tables because they are something that I can get a handle around and complete in a couple of weekends. My wife, however, has read the riot act to me and said ‘NO MORE SMALL TABLES!!!’

I’ll be photographing a couple of them over the next couple of weeks and posting them. Uh, did I tell you I like to make small tables??


-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#1 posted 08-28-2008 04:07 AM

That is one sweet table. Is it walnut? I sure like the grain on the top.

Nice job.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 08-28-2008 04:08 AM

You could also put a couple of boards across the tops of a couple of your tables and make a larger table.

Suggest that to your wife. It would be like leaves in an extension table.

Beautiful job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 08-28-2008 04:12 AM

Walnut – yep. Claro walnut, actually. It’s what we can get out west.

Oh, and the creative ideas my wife has with my small tables don’t involve boards….

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#4 posted 08-28-2008 04:28 AM

The streets here are lined with 100 year old examples that were planted when walnut trees were considered to be ornamental. Too bad the City thinks they are too messy and started planting “friendlier” trees.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 08-28-2008 04:43 AM

great job…and as far as those trees ChicoMAN mentions…he talks of a famous downtown square in chico that was re-done a few years ago and they tore out huge , beautiful trees..replacing the square with a lot of cement…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 08-28-2008 05:01 AM

Very elegant and classic table. I can see why you enjoy making them. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#7 posted 08-28-2008 05:04 AM

this is a great looking table to say the least… many did you make that got the little lady so perturbed ???

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 08-28-2008 05:07 AM

It’s kind of like the Eskimo thing—I made about 7-8 different ones.

I’ll get my camera out and take a couple of pictures of them.

Uh, did I tell you that they actually look really nice? Even when protruding from various bodily orifices?

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#9 posted 08-28-2008 06:13 AM

Very nice looking table!

-- - Ray

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#10 posted 08-28-2008 06:46 AM


Great looking table, perhaps for the next one you should meld ‘orifice friendly’ into the design.

As an ex Moscow ID resident, I used to love the WA pheasants that wandered too far east

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#11 posted 08-28-2008 10:39 AM

Very nice table, well done.


-- Woody, UK

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#12 posted 08-28-2008 08:11 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#13 posted 08-29-2008 03:38 AM

Well done Chuck!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#14 posted 09-01-2008 03:07 AM

Not being a fan of the Federal Period, I really enjoy the looks of this table. Do you have a picture of the table folded up from the back side?

-- Bud -

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#15 posted 09-01-2008 09:42 PM

I don’t, but I’ll see if I can’t snap one. it has a hand-carved hinge block.


-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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