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18th Century Tavern Table

Materials: curly maple, poplar

Finish: dye, boiled linseed oil, Minwax wipe-on varnish, milk paint

Tavern Table

Construction Details

Leg stock squared and marked for mortises.

Beefy English mortising chisels are the perfect tool for this task.

Completed mortises.

I'm a mediocre turner at best but managed to produce this reasonably matching set of legs  after many prayers to St. Joseph.

Cutting tenon cheeks.

Paring tenons to final thickness.

I used an old Stanley 66 to put beads on the aprons and stretchers.

Parts for the base ready for glue-up. The through mortises are for the center stretcher which will be made to size after dry assembly.

Dry-assembled base. I used our spare room for this to ensure it was sitting on a flat surface.

Base after two coats of milk paint.

Here's the finished top after three applications of Vintage Maple TransTint dye, boiled linseed oil, and eight coats of wipe-on varnish.  I got the idea for the cloverleaf corners from a Queen Anne side table.

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