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Debora Beijerbacht

Extendable draw-leaf refectory table, English revival period

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Debora Beijerbacht

This 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;

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The aprons had some lovely carvings on them, so I added those before assembly.

 

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Just like the melon feet; I carved and stained them first. 

 

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The sliding mechanism was the final job.

 

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Here's what it turned out to be;

 

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Member1

Wow.... I love it! The mechanism and the carving are great. I really like the way you have aged it, especially the top. I have a ring like that on a 18 th c. table I have that I wish was not there.

It is also so nice to see your process is so well thought out. Maybe I would make less mistakes if I did better drawings?

Thanks for sharing it with us.

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ElgaKoster

Wonderful work Debora! I am jealous of your carving skills, love the photo with the apple.

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Wm. R. Robertson

For those that didn't notice, this is one of the wonderful pieces Debora submitted for her Artisan. One look at and it is obvious why she was selected. Fantastic work and congratulations!

Also, I think this table will be part of a display at Castine?

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ElgaKoster

Maybe Debora will post the links to all five the pieces she submitted, they are all on her blog with lots of in progress photos, it was fun to see her working especially hard since Castine last year, I was pretty sure all the pieces she was showing on her blog was going to be part of her submission.

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Moderator1

This deserves a special look so it will be pinned for a while.

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Moderator1

That video of how the table works is great..... You even built a test table to try it out.....

I'm going to try to copy it here?

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Elizabeth Gazmuri

I have been told this piece will be on display at the exhibit opening night at the Guild School. Like all of her pieces this is outstanding in all ways, it will take your breath away. It defines miniatures as a true art form. Congratulations, Deborah, your hard work has paid off big time, for the pleasure of us all.

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Bill Hudson

This is an Artisan piece??? I think the committee should have skipped her right over to Fellow. Some times there are miniaturists who come along that are Fellow quality from the get go. I feel the Committee should be able to the Artisan and award Fellow status to these people. Deborah is one of these people in my minds eye.

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miniredleader

I got to see Debora's table in person. Not only does it look great and it works, but it feels good! Yes, it will be on display in Castine with her 4 other submission pieces. Congratulations!

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Josje Veenenbos

Beautiful work!  It is a fantastic piece.  I love that you have put a coffee ring on the table top, to add to the realistic aged look.  

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bonni.b

I had to watch the (wonderful) video twice to figure out that there are springs that enable the extensions to work and keep the top from falling off. Or moving, since in real, one hardly ever tips the table like Debbie does.

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Debora Beijerbacht

Bonnie, there are no springs in it, it's actually all wood and just gravity dropping the top back in place. You've got to play with it in 2 weeks time! Then you'll see its actually pretty nifty but simple!

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Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel

This table is really wonderful ! I am sorry that air won't be at Castine to see it in person. I hope you will continue to show us your wonderful works here on this forum... It is certainly what it is all about ! Thanks so much for sharing with us !

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House of HollandMiniatures

Absolutely stunning.

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Wm. R. Robertson

Stunning is a great description of this table.... I had the pleasure of a good close look and chance to operate it!..... If you think it looks great here just imagine it in your hand.

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MissyBoling

Darn, I had only 15 minutes for a quick view of the exhibit just before they took it down, so didn't get a close look at anything.  So glad to get to see it here along with the video.  I did see the artisan pieces, but didn't realize the table extended.  It's truly amazing work, especially the carving and aging!

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Debora Beijerbacht

HI Missy, I had the same thing, so much to see and just sooo little time! I'm glad there are some great pictures of the class results being posted. Especially that last night is just too short to take it all in. 

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