Federal Side Table

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Introduction: Federal Side Table

Steve Latta introduces you to the period elements of this Federal Side Table. From the cock beading and stringing on the drawer, to the shopmade banding on the legs and aprons, this small table serves up great lessons on a variety of period furniture

Episode 1: Smart Approach to Milling Stock

The key to a successful furniture project starts with selecting the right boards and precisely milling those boards into your furniture parts, quickly and accurately.

Episode 2: Joinery

In keeping with tradition, this table relies on the bedrock construction techniques of fine furniture: mortise-and-tenon, and dovetail joinery.

Episode 3: Tapered Legs and Decorative Banding

Double tapered legs and decorative bandings are two of the hallmarks of federal furniture, and Latta tackles them both.

Episode 4: Assembly and Finishing the Ornamentation

This side table may have a small footprint, but it’s crucial to get the apron banding perfectly aligned. The best was to do that is to glue up the table in stages.

Episode 5: Drawer, Part 1: Dovetails

Highly figured veneers and traditional dovetailed joinery come part and parcel with period furniture. This small table’s drawer incorporates both elements for a detail that really catches the eye.

Episode 6: Drawer, Part 2: Cock Beading and Glue- Up

Protect your delicate veneered drawer front with traditional cock beading. Then jazz things up with beautiful stringing that places this table squarely in the Federal wheel house.

Episode 7: Tabletop and a Period Finish

Cap off the Federal Side Table project by crafting a delicate top and applying a traditional shellac finish.

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