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Newport tea table with John Townsend carvings

Day 1 – The Adventures of Dr. Emmett Brown

Day one of the big city spree is in the history books. Met Doc Brown at 8am sharp where he began to lecture color theory. We spent hours moving through the wheel, shading, tinting and adjusting chroma of various shades … Continue reading

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Big Weekend in the Big City

It’s an exciting double-header of sorts. Friday will be a day spent studying finishing from a group of experts in St. Paul. Our plan is to take the Townsend table from raw wood through at least the coloration steps for … Continue reading

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Profiling the Table Top

Now that the top has been rabbeted to fit in the base, apron profile traced onto the underside, and the outer profile (extended out from that of the apron) patterned, it’s time to carve in the details. The first step … Continue reading

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Beady Details

After the veneer patch clamps are removed, there’s a lot of cleanup to get the veneer to look seamless. On the apron curve, I used a #3-12mm gouge to trim the veneer smooth and on the knee post end, a … Continue reading

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Slipery Little Suckers

The next step in this tea table is assembling the base using a draw-bore technique with pegged mortise and tenon joinery. Here’s a picture after gluing and driving in the pegs. And yes, for the detail oriented folks out there, … Continue reading

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Nice Legs

Finally the John Townsend based legs are all carved for the next Newport Tea Table. Next up, glue the base together….or mow the lawn. Any guesses which will win?

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Townsend Newport Tea Table

Finally a dedicated woodworking post. The current project is a twin of the recently completed Goddard Tea Table c. 1760 from Newport, RI. Similarities are obvious, but it’s the differences that are reviewed here. First a little background. The only … Continue reading

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