Carving like a machine ( game table )

A game table probably from the 1940s missing one leg and parts of the other three. The challenge here is to hand carve parts that look like they were carved by a machine.

202 I cut poplar blocks for the missing pieces of the feet.

201The blocks were glued in place with hide glue

203I made a stencil from an existing foot, traced it on all the blocks and roughed them out with a saw.

204I was able to clamp the legs in a vice to carve them without removing the legs.

205One foot repaired.

206I made a template from an existing leg, cut out the parts and glued them up.

207Roughed out leg mounted in the vice.

208The leg carved and shaped.

209Gluing the new leg in place.

210All the new parts glued in place.

211The new leg stained with burnt sienna and burnt umber.

212Finished with lacquer, toners and a glaze.

213The finished table closed.

215and open.

214You may remember this top from the post on cleaning a finish.

table top

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6 Responses to Carving like a machine ( game table )

  1. Marilyn says:

    Wow! I bet you put a lot of hours in to that table. It’s beautiful.

  2. Mike Hamilton says:

    Curious, what was the method of attachment for the new leg? Can’t see a dovetailed slot or dowel holes. Can’t imagine the lag you used to hold it for carving is part of the final answer.


    • millcrek says:

      If you look closely at the first picture in the post you can see two dowel holes with broken dowel in them. I eventually drilled them out to attach the leg with new dowels.

  3. Wow, nice crisp carving and fluid patching.

  4. handguitar says:

    Wow, nice work! I like the way the carved feet turned out.

  5. Are you kidding me? That’s amazing work!

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