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A Small Queen Anne Gateleg Table – Part Four

With anything other than square drop-leaf table tops, I form the table-leaf joints* and chop in the hinges prior to cutting the top’s outline to ensure a smooth transition across the leaves’ joints. *The folding wooden ruler – from whence … Continue reading

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A Small Queen Anne Gateleg Table – Part Three

There’s nothing particularly complicated or exceptional about the construction of the table’s frame other than possibly, the (aforementioned) upper gate pivot. After drawboring all the joints, I assembled the gates (securing the rails to the stiles with 1/4″ oak pegs) … Continue reading

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The ‘Blues’

I don’t mind the recent 13°C (55°F) days, but a week of virtually continuous rain has prevented me assembling the Queen Anne gateleg table which is made and awaiting assembly. G. M. Woodward, The Blue Devils, circa 1799. Jack Plane

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A Small Queen Anne Gateleg Table – Part Two

With this particular style of gateleg table – where the gates pivot within the table’s frame – it is important that the gates do not impinge upon the lowered leaves when closed. To this end, the flying gate stile and … Continue reading

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A Small Queen Anne Gateleg Table – Part One

Standing well short of the standard dining table height of 29-1/2″ (749mm), these diminutive gateleg tables were used by one or two persons for the purpose of taking tea or consuming informal meals in the privacy of a parlour or … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Five

The dressing table was washed down with hot soapy water prior to staining it with Van Dyke. When the stain dried, I polished it all and attached the handles. A good waxing completed the job (figs. 1 -7). Fig. 1. … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Three

I glued the carcase together, including the drawer guides which are tenoned into the front and back panels. The following day I rubbed the partially formed ears onto the sides of the knees and the carcase. Once dry, the ears … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Two

The paper patterns I made of the dressing table in the late eighties were showing their age, so I took the precautionary step of carefully transcribing them onto some hardboard. Once completed, I laid out the leg profiles onto some … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part One

I’ve been unable to locate the original photographs I took of this dressing table, but the restoration worksheet dated ‘February/March, 1988’ assigns the piece to a ‘Mrs. […], Kilbride, Co. Wicklow (ex Powerscourt).‘ The table had been purchased by the … Continue reading

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Making a Reading Table – Redux

The Book Stop Further to the removable book stop dilemma which I wrote of in Making a Reading Table – Part One and Making a Reading Table – Part Seven, I have now lived with the reading table for about … Continue reading

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