Leather Top Table ( More Carving like a machine )

This is a low table, factory made, machine carved, it was built sometime in the first half of the twentieth century. It came in to the shop missing one leg otherwise in fair condition. One of the existing legs was split where it connected to the pedestal when someone drove a nail in to reinforce it. The split leg was removed and used as a pattern for the new leg.

2001 The original legs were glued up with a cross grain strip down the middle for reinforcement, I did the same with the new blank.

2003After I glued up the blank I transferred the pattern to it with dividers.

2004Here you can see the marks left by the dividers. The measurements were taken directly from the original leg with dividers and transferred to the blank with the dividers and drawn in freehand.

2005By mounting the blank to a board I am able to use the leg vise to hold it while carving.

2006Further along.

2007By mounting the original leg under the new leg, I can make close comparisons and transfer direct divider measurements to the blank.

2008Further along.

2009More holding options.


2011Almost done.


2013By clamping blocks to the legs.

2014I was able to clamp and glue the legs to the table.

2015All the legs in place.

2016The leg stained with raw umber and Vandyke brown. You can see that it is not quite dark enough.

2017Here I applied a burnt umber glaze.

2018The glaze wiped down all that is left is a little toner and it’s done.

2019Then I will need to do a little work on the top.


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4 Responses to Leather Top Table ( More Carving like a machine )

  1. Jonathan says:

    Wow… I am completely amazed by what you have done with that table. It looks as if that leg has always been there. You are truly talented.

  2. Ellis says:

    Unbelievable…you are a woodworking god!

  3. That is a fabulous job of carving. You have my respect.

  4. Steve Diogo says:

    I’m finding it hard to come with anything more intelligent to say than…. wow. Amazing talent and ingenuity. Even the clamping is brilliant.

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