|Project by Texcaster||posted 02-17-2014 12:55 AM||1737 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I learned to make this table in Los Angeles in the late 70’s, they were called Mexican tables, in Australia, Spanish tables. The L.A. table bottoms were adzed with 4in interlocking ” pozos ”, wells formed with 3-4 adz cuts. The tops were one piece Coastal Live Oak, with many patches and hand planed. The makers brand was burnt in very deep to thwart unscrupulous antique dealers.
This is my personal table made to make our main room seem large, 750mm x 1975mm ( 29 1/2 in x 77 5/8 in )
I used to make these for a Brisbane antique dealer.
The top of the dovetail rail is angled, to make the legs splay. The rail tapered 2.5mm one end to the other. The rail can be pushed home with one hand. It is then clamped till max friction is achieved, ( usually a further 3in ) it is then marked with a knife ( both ends ) and cut to length. The rail starts out 3-4in longer than needed because it’s almost impossible to tell where the tapered tight fit will be.
The first leg is traced from an original antique table, the original rail was more like the one on my table. As these tables, go a very plain leg. The rail is from another table.
A more typical leg
A leg of my design with carved volutes top & bottom.
One set of irons left.
-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.