How They Did It: Tale of a Tea Table Top
A scalloped, molded table top crafted from a single piece of mahogany
Allan Breed’s tea table reproduction has it all: perfect proportions, sinuous curves, and impeccably carved details. Surprisingly, the construction is straightforward—except for the top. What appears to be a top with a mitered, scalloped frame is a solid piece of carved mahogany. By the way, the 1-in.-thick top is rabbeted on its lower edge and drops into the base, allowing the top to have an appropriately thin molding.
1. Recess the Top