Author Topic: seymour style work/sewing table  (Read 2631 times)

macchips4

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seymour style work/sewing table
« on: October 03, 2011, 09:10:13 PM »
Well the sumer is over and it's time to start hiding down in the workshop. I'm lookin to build a sewing or work table in the seymour style and I have a few questions. although veneered, is the main wood mahagony under the veneer? maybe another hard wood, quatersawn oak for stability?  are there any plans availible any where? I saw some at Milards site. does anyone have experiance with his planes? I have not to much experiance with making my own from photos etc. may be I'll try. I think it's a good building and veneering project for the winter.
Joe

Ken Johnson

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Re: seymour style work/sewing table
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2011, 09:04:10 AM »
I built a copy of the Seymour work table shown in the Peabody Es book on the Seymour's, and also in the MFA Boston.

I have a set of drawings I used and you are welcome to have a copy. 

I used poplar as the secondary woods and veneered both sides.  They might not have veneered the back in actual historical times, but I did.

Check my web site www.americanperiodfurniture.com and go to the link on "Work Table Project".

Ken

macchips4

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Re: seymour style work/sewing table
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2011, 08:30:38 PM »
Hello ken
I visited your site and I'm very impressed. I'll contact to this evening thru email
Thanks
 Joe

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Re: seymour style work/sewing table
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011, 08:18:32 AM »
I recently build a simplified version of a work table, just for practice. I am posting about the build on my blog, I don't know if it will be any help but here's the link.
http://millcrek.wordpress.com/

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Re: seymour style work/sewing table
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011, 10:07:37 PM »
In Robert Mussey's book "The masterworks of John and Thomas Seymour", Mussey indicates that white pine was the most prevalent choice for the ground of the veneer work. I was fortunate enough to meet with Mr. Mussey several weeks ago and have him authenticate a piece I purchased this spring at an antique shop in Florida. My piece is typical Seymour work and only the visable surface is veneered and the opposing surface is white pine stained to look like mahogany. That said, the pine is split and it shows through the face veneers.
If I were building a piece today, I'd probably want to stabilize the back or underside if I wasn't try to match an original.  If you could access the book, it should provide you with the construction details you seek.  Good luck!  Ross

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Re: seymour style work/sewing table
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2011, 05:35:28 PM »
 Hello Millcrek.
another great site. Im jealous!!! Looks like I have alot of learning and work to do.
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Thanks for everyone's replies
Joe