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Federal Card Table

comments (11) December 22nd, 2008 in Reader's Gallery

edstuckey edstuckey, member
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Maker:  Ed Stuckey

Dimensions: 36” in diameter (open) and 28” high.

Description: 18th Century Federal Card Table.

Built 2007-2008


Primary woods:  solid wood- Mahogany.

Veneers- Mahogany Crotch, Curly Mahogany, Satinwood Crotch, Brazilian Rosewood, Ebony, Curly Maple, Walnut, and Holly.

Secondary woods: Poplar, Pine, Quarter sawn White Oak.

“This table is a marriage of New York and Baltimore styles of the late 18th century (about 1790-1800). The bell flowers on the legs are more of a Baltimore style; while the circular top with sunburst crotch mahogany, the central field of oak leaves and acorn inlays, and the dentil stringing is more associated with tables built in New York” (Home Furniture, Spring 1996, pp.50-51).

I spent more than 250 hours in the planning and construction of the table.

Finish: Shellac-French polish.

posted in: Reader's Gallery, table, walnut, maple, white oak, mahogany, veneer, inlay, federal, shellac, marquetry, ebony, rosewood

Comments (11)

edstuckey edstuckey writes: Yes, the radial pattern is:
5F, 3B, 1F, 2B, 4F, 6B

no more than 2 numbers(leaves) between each section.
Posted: 4:31 pm on January 14th

Sawdust4real Sawdust4real writes: Hey buddy ,

great work, my question is , did you alternate the veneers one side up and the other down etc etc according to the layout position?.


Posted: 10:45 pm on August 1st

redbobsea redbobsea writes: Good job Ed. I'm finishing one very similar to yours. Will post at completion. I'm french polishing also but it takes time filling that mahogany.
Posted: 2:32 pm on March 13th

edstuckey edstuckey writes: Thank you everyone for the kind words.
Posted: 11:53 am on February 3rd

golfgloeckner golfgloeckner writes: magnificent job, Ed. I don't even DARE something requiring that much concentration. Frank.
Posted: 10:37 am on January 14th

SwissGuy1164 SwissGuy1164 writes: Great job, looks and sounds like swiss craftsmanship
Posted: 4:56 pm on March 6th

jgherman jgherman writes: This looks like the same card table I made 7-8 years ago out of Michael Dunbar's Federal Furniture. But, my version was nothing near as elaborate. Beautiful sunburst on the top and center medallion!
Posted: 7:12 pm on January 27th

kmack kmack writes: An amazing example of inlay work. Having a love for this type of federal work myself, I know just how difficult and daunting a task this type of quality work is. As a graduate of the North Bennet St. School this is what we were taught to aspire to. I love the demi lune form and may use some of your ideas in my own version in the near furure. Incredible work.
Posted: 10:49 pm on January 3rd

mark_80 mark_80 writes: Amazing work!!
Posted: 6:05 am on January 3rd

ScubaSkeeter ScubaSkeeter writes: Incredible detail inlay and fine choice of woods, it looks magnificent.
Posted: 9:25 am on December 24th

byrd1 byrd1 writes: Awesome table.Very sharp.
Posted: 10:19 am on December 22nd

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