Queen Anne Table

After 250 years, this design hasn’t lost its practicality or its distinctive appeal.
By Craig W. Bentzley
Pages: 53-59

From the April 2006 issue #154
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As with most of my reproductions or “adaptations,” as I like to refer to them, I did a fair amount of research before beginning the design task for this Queen Anne-style tavern table or worktable. I found several  examples of rural southeastern Pennsylvania period pieces (1740-1760) that I liked. I took what I considered to be some of the best features of the pieces and melded them together into a cohesive design. The asymmetrical drawer arrangement and the removable top with clamped (or breadboard) ends are a holdout from the William & Mary era. No one knows for certain why the tops on these tables were removable, although many of them were fairly large, and this feature would make moving them easier.

Since it was to be painted, I chose poplar for the base material. I decided to use curly maple for the top because I felt it would really complement the base. Most of the period pieces I liked had turned cabriole legs using what is known as the converging axis method. On larger pieces, this can give a “bow-legged” appearance. I was after a bolder, sturdier look for my piece, so I opted to use the parallel axis method.

From the April 2006 issue #154
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