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Forum topic by Ben posted 12-17-2013 04:09 AM 843 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2013 04:09 AM

hey guys,
have always wanted to build one of these little tables.
spent hours looking at pictures and combined elements from two that i settled on.

i decided to try my hand at carving “rat’s paw” feet, as seen on this table:

well, having never done this before, it’s certainly not easy to pull off that lifelike “sinewy” look.

for the rest of the table i wanted to copy this turning:

which i think i’ve done fairly well.

here’s what i’ve got so far:

i made the legs 1 3/8” thick. the “boss” is 2 1/2” diameter. i think the legs are a trifle too heavy.
also, the legs came out of a different tree and look totally different.

here’s my first attempt at carving ever. i’ve done two paws, and this one is better than the second.

at this point i’m not sure if it’s worth finishing the table. i’m not proud of the carving, but i know with some more practice i could pull it off. this particular african mahogany board doesn’t seem to carve too well, very splintery and wild grain.

also, with the legs being so thick, perhaps i should just start over? i have countless hours into this, but now that i have the process down i could probably get back to this point, minus the carving, in maybe 4 hours.

what do you guys think? press on? finish it with a super dark stain to blend the two grains together?
maybe just cut the carving out altogether and sand it all down smooth?

the sliding dovetails all fit very nicely, and this took the most time aside from the carving.

thanks for any suggestions.


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#1 posted 12-17-2013 11:50 AM

I like it.

Try chamfering the underside of the legs to lighten up the look.

I like the rats feet. and no one will see all 3 at a time. So finish it. forget the stain. The woods will darken over time.

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