Federal Demilune Card Table
A folding top, gate legs, and a curved apron distinguish this piece
Synopsis: It takes both traditional and modern techniques to build Steve Latta’s demilune card table, a design that dates to the early years of American independence. This mahogany piece has a folding top, gate legs, and a curved, veneered apron constructed of brick laid poplar. The back legs swing on knuckle joints, and the front and rear legs are tapered. The table, based on Baltimore pieces, is stylish enough to remain unadorned, but can also be embellished with inlay.
Demilune card tables are a favorite project of mine because building them involves tools and techniques both traditional and modern. Their ancestry dates to the early years of American independence when they were popular all along the Eastern Seaboard. True to the neoclassic passion for symmetry, they often were made in pairs and positioned to balance a doorway, alcove, or dominant piece of furniture.
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CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.