Federal Card Table

FEDERAL STYLE CARD TABLE
Using the router for inlay work.

SHOP OWNER: Dave Griessmann
LOCATION: Cincinnati, OH

    I first saw this piece during reproduction at Glen Huey’s shop for an upcoming article for Popular Woodworking. Once I saw it, I just had to build it! Prior to this, I had never built anything involving inlays or veneering.
Federal Card Table

    The veneer, diamond inlay, and spiral inlays, are all hand made from solid wood. The legs and top are mahogany and the white inlay is a thin strip of tiger maple.
Federal Card Table

    This project was more about building jigs for the router table, a Porter Cable production router, and regular router. Tool usage for this project worked out to about 10% band saw, 5% jointer (I even tapered the legs on the jointer), 5% sanding and gluing, and 80% router! Anywhere you see inlay, a router was involved.
Federal Card Table

    After sanding the entire table to 180-grit, I sprayed on a coat of sanding sealer. With the sealer dry and sanded, I applied three coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer. This is one of my favorite projects so far. I learned a lot and it didn't cost me a dime to build.

. . . Dave Griessmann


 
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