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Couple of pages here from the 17th century style drawing tables that I made for a client.  Nineteen days of labor to complete the pair.post-17724-0-62836500-1430776892_thumb.jpost-17724-0-67435800-1430776919_thumb.jpost-17724-0-26131700-1430777070_thumb.j

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Beautiful work. How thick was the mahogany for the legs? Were you able to source dry material or did you laminate them?

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Beautiful work. How thick was the mahogany for the legs? Were you able to source dry material or did you laminate them?

The legs are 16/4 stock that was kiln dried.  The board that the legs are turn with had awesome swirling grain, but not so much as to lend them to warping.

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Really nice work.  I really like the carving on the face.  I think your mirror would look good with some carvings too, although the grain on it is so pretty it would almost be blasphemous.

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Really nice work.  I really like the carving on the face.  I think your mirror would look good with some carvings too, although the grain on it is so pretty it would almost be blasphemous.

The mirror is a reproduction of an English mirror c.1760.  I didn't want to change anything other than the original had a lesser color to my taste.  The carvings was plagiarized from a table I was in Wallace Nutting's first volume. 

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Awesome work, I know a lot of people don't reply to your posts but I think it is because we are all baffled by the pieces you produce.  Thanks for sharing, it's really inspiring.  Now if I could just find the time to finish my workbench... 

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Awesome work, I know a lot of people don't reply to your posts but I think it is because we are all baffled by the pieces you produce.  Thanks for sharing, it's really inspiring.  Now if I could just find the time to finish my workbench... 

Thank you for the kind words.  I am just a furniture nerd.  I started in the shop when I was eight.  My father was a general sales manager for Delta/Rockwell, so we had one heck of a wood shop out in the barn.  I also grew up in a town where a career in the arts was a highly considered profession.  We had artist all over town.   My next door neighbor back in PA was George Nakishima, he taught me quite a bit.  Also I have apprenticed under some other very talented men and have paid tens of thousands of dollars to "gits me sum wood lernins."  I have done restoration work on hundreds of true antiques, and have made over three hundred period pieces over the past forty years.

 

All in a life's work...

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Joe, Fantastic table and thanks for documenting the legs. It gives us non-turners an idea how turning is done.

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Joe, Fantastic table and thanks for documenting the legs. It gives us non-turners an idea how turning is done.

Slash feel completely inadequate and whimpy

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Joe, your work is awe inspiring to me. I have only been at this a few years, so to be able to see up close the impeccable craftsmanship you bring  and anything I pick up along the way is a real treat. Thanks for sharing all these great creations.

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Joe, your work is awe inspiring to me. I have only been at this a few years, so to be able to see up close the impeccable craftsmanship you bring  and anything I pick up along the way is a real treat. Thanks for sharing all these great creations.

Thank You.

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Slash feel completely inadequate and whimpy

After seeing some of the stuff Rob does, I do feel whimpy or fortunate one!

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