Whilst enjoying a quiet cuppa betimes, I was reading The Irish Aesthete’s latest post, The Rest is Silence, when I performed a double take and scrolled back to one of the images and there saw a rather fine in situ Irish mahogany wake table (figure 1).

Fig. 1. Wake table with leaves raised. (The Irish Aesthete)

Fig. 2. Set for dinner. (luggala.com)

Note also, the splendid pair of mahogany turf buckets by the fire in figure 1.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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8 Responses to Wakey-wakey!

  1. That’s what a central Michigan friend has for a dining table. The boards of the top are joined with floating tenons, like odysseus’ ship. How interesting. I like the large coopered vessels by the fireplace.


  2. Bob L. says:

    One moves the turf buckets out and the clock in for the evening?


  3. I particularly admire the handsome “gothic” trompe-l’oeil wallpaper: and how clever, to design a matching frieze-band, that can be employed to subdivide the vertical pattern into panels, to suit the proportions of the room. Thank you Jack!


  4. Ken says:

    I have an middle 18th century drop leaf table but it’s only 49 inches (124 cm) long, I’m assuming this is too small to be a wake table?


  5. Yes, the lower image was taken more than ten years ago, the upper one shows the entrance hall as it now looks…


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