Federal Inlay Table

If you can rout a mortise for a hinge, you can handle the inlay on this table.
By Glen D. Huey
Pages: 38-44

From the June 2004 issue #141
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This table will test and improve your inlay skills, not to mention your mastery of turning and traditional joints. It’s based on a Massachusetts piece from 1805 that displays many of the characteristics of cabinetmakers from that area and period.

The finely turned legs with reeded detail lead up to a scalloped-edge tray. From there you move up past the exceptional figured panels toward the drawer front that boasts mahogany crossbanding and band inlay that matches the front edge of the top.

This project is going to put to use a lot of tools in your workshop, particularly your table saw (for the joinery) and your router (for the details). And though the inlay and banding might look like a nightmare, let me assure you that it’s quite straightforward if you simply follow the photos.

From the June 2004 issue #141
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