A Queen Anne drop leaf table gallery
While the last few months have not been great ones in terms of woodworking productivity, a few projects have been completed. Over the winter, Scott, Les and I have gotten together once a week. Scott is a professional furniture maker and operates a woodworking school in Southern Michigan. Most of you know Les through previous posts. Each of us has been involved with woodworking for more than fifty years. We all agreed that getting together on a regular basis would allow us to share techniques and ideas and renew our passion for woodworking. Even the best romances can get a little stale. So we decided to put together a straightforward little Queen Anne drop leaf table. Drop leafs were quite common in the late eighteenth century. They are very utilitarian and were used for dining, gaming or as entry tables (and, I suspect, other applications).
This particular design is rather unique in several of its features. The first and immediately visible is that the knee blocks are buttressed, instead of applied. I think it fair to say that on a light, “feminine” design, applied blocks would have (probably) been more common. There is no huge load on the frame or legs and no field is required for carving (as the absence or minimization of carving is a major aspect of the Queen Anne Style). The second are the leaf supports. They are hinged with the surface of the “fingers” being constructed in such a way as to remain “flat”. Several prototypes were made with both flat and radiused fingers, so the differences will be easily seen. Enough talking, on to the pictures.