Tilt-Top Tea Table
Woodworker: Lewis CabeThis tilt-top tea table is Cabe’s first attempt at period furniture. He started the piece (33-in. dia. by 30-in. tall with the top horizontal) in a class on carving period furniture. It is a replica of a table by Robert Walker, circa 1740-50, in the collection at Stratford Hall Plantation in Stratford, Va. Cabe traveled to Stratford to see the table before completing the piece, which is mahogany with three brushed and 14 paddedon coats of amber shellac. He says he decided not to fill the grain or the wormholes in the top, preferring to retain the character of the wood.