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Queen Anne Pembroke Table

The drawing and instructions for this table came from a reproducing antique furniture book. I pretty much followed all of the steps in construction, but I found a serious error in the rule joints. Those are the moldings where the leaves connect to the main table. The instructions called for the drop-leaf hinges to be flush. That changes the axis of rotation to be inside the table and not under it, which means that if the leaves are flush with the table when open, they will hit the edges when closed unless there is a 1/16" inch gap between the table and the leaves when the leaves are open. Moving the hinge made no difference, it was the fact that they were inserted, kind of like the hinges of the butler tray table (the leaves and table must be separated there as well or they'll hit). The cabriole legs are glued up in sections, then shaped with belt and rotary sanders. There is a picture of the leaf support. The wooden hinge for that has a 3/16" brass pin. The hinge has scooped out hand grips so that they're easy to swing open. Other than that, the drawer pull and the screws for the cleats in the top, there are no other hardware used. Final assembly is when the table top and leaves are quite cured because it is assembled upside down onto the frame and hinges while sitting on a Styrofoam sheet.

Finish: Polyurethane

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