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The idea to make my own 18th century chess set came first. But there has to be a game table even before the chess set. This is the second piece of furniture I've made and got to practice cabriole legs, mini wood carving and marquetry for the first time. The basic pattern came out of The Scale Cabinetmaker Magazine Vol. 12 #4 and I added the chess board top. The woods are walnut, white oak and a light colored wood with little grain that was in the wood scrap box, probably basswood.
One of the things I love doing is making parquetry furniture, namely tables. As I have a drafting background, I use the computer to draft up a design which I print out. I then choose my veneers and start cutting out the shapes. I always cut the piece (using an Olfa knife and ruler) and glue it down before cutting out the next piece and gluing it down. That way, if the pattern gets away from you, it's easier to adjust as you go along. Once all the pieces are glued down, I sand it until I can't feel the joints. The rest of the table gets built and assembled and then I finish the piece with a clear coat. This piece has 64 individual pieces of wood in the surface of the table.
Debora Beijerbacht posted a topic in Furniture & WoodworkingThis table was my excuse to build one of the many constructions that are out there are to extend a dining table. One of these methods is this draw-leaf construction, or pull out, where the leaves are stowed underneath the table top when not in use. I figured that's a really neat feature if you like to 'play' with your miniatures. First I made a modern version of this type, to get to grips with the construction and when that one run smooth I turned to this one; This original was listed on the site of an antique dealer, but with my understanding of the construction and mechanism under the belt I scaled out a plan. Some joint were a bit unclear but I could fall back on period cabinet making books to figure them out. I decided to make it from cherry to represent the the oak wood that this 19th Centure refectory table is made of best. The aprons had some lovely carvings on them, so I added those before assembly. Just like the melon feet; I carved and stained them first. The sliding mechanism was the final job. Here's what it turned out to be;