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Sheraton Work Table


Sheraton Work Table

I began this project by using a photo on page 297 in the reference below. This also provided the overall dimensions of the piece, so I could use SketchUp to model-up using the imported photo.

The original table was built in 1800-1810 and attributed to John and Thomas Seymour.

I could not obtain some of the satinwood and burlwood veneers of the original so I substituted other materials. Also, there is a lot of different bandings and stringing that could not be exactly matched. The treatment of decoration on the tapered turned legs is unusual. Instead of the normal reeding, six vertical lines of veneer stringing are let in. In lieu of the satinwood, I used California Big-Leaf Maple burl veneer. The Top has a large rectangular Mahogany Crotch veneer panel.

This page has an extensive set of videos showing every element of construction of this piece.

Reference: "The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour" by Robert Mussey Jr.



This is an introduction to a reproduction of an original Sheraton Work Table by famous cabinetmakers John and Thomas Seymour. The original piece was made in Boston about 1800. It is covered in veneer, bandings and inlay to create a challenge and a very beautiful decoration.

Rough turning of legs

This video shows the starting phase of making the Sheraton Work Table, and goes through the process of rough turning the Legs.

Turning beads

The turned and tapered legs have small beads, and this video shows how these beads are shaped on the lathe.

Creating Grooves for the Leg Banding

This video shows how the grooves for the leg banding are created.

Creating Grooves, Second Method

This shows the work to create grooves in the tapered legs for the banding inlay. This is the second procedure used which was more successful.

Mortise Drilling

This video shows the first step of creating the mortises in the Legs of the Sheraton Work Table.

Squaring Off Mortises

This video shows how to square off the drilled mortises in the Sheraton Work Table.

Hand Planing the Back and Sides

Preparing wood for the Back and Sides of the Sheraton Work Table

Creating Tenons

Making the tenons in the Back and Sides of the Sheraton Work Table.

Gluing Leg Banding

This video shows the method of using hot hide glue to stick the inlay banding into the grooves on the tapered legs.

Cleaning Up Leg Bandings

This shows a method of cleaning up the leg bandings after the glue is dried using scraper blades, block plane, and sandpaper.

Status Report of Carcase Assembly

This video shows a status report of the carcase assembly. Nothing is glued at this point, rather dry testing the assembly of the main joinery.

Dovetails for Upper Front Stretcher

This shows the procedure for making the dovetail joints for the Upper Front Stretcher that socket into the top face of the Legs.

Applying Veneer to the Sides

This video shows the procedure for applying the Big Leaf Maple Burl veneer to the table's Side component.

Dry Fitting the carcase

At the completion of carcase joinery, this video shows the dry fitting and assembly of the table carcase.

Gluing Maple Burl Veneer to Leg panel

This shows my procedure for gluing the Maple Burl veneer to the Leg Panel.

Veneering Panel to Leg

This video shows the procedure for veneering the maple burl panel on the top of the Leg.

veneering banding on leb palen

This shows how I veneered the rectangular piece of Big Leaf Maple Burl to the Leg Panel.

Drawer Phase 1

First part of making the drawer.

Drawer phase 2

Second part of creating the drawer.

Drawer phase 3

Third part of creating the drawer.

Drawer phase 4

Fourth part of creating the drawer.

Drawer phase 5

Fifth part of creating the drawer.

Drawer phase 6

Sixth part of creating the drawer.

Drawer phase 7

Seventh part of creating the drawer.

Drawer phase 8

Eighth part of creating the drawer.