Myrtle Anniversary Shaker Table #1: The Beginning

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 07-04-2010 05:51 AM 1214 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wood is the traditional present to celebrate 5 years of happy marriage. With this inspiration I’ve decided to make for us a family dinning table in the same style as the shaker trestle I built in 2008.

The timber (from Boutique Timbers) is Tasmania Myrtle (Nothofagus Cunninghamii). I have 6 1” boards of fiddle back, and 6 2” slabs (with faults) to make the project from.

The overall style will be the same as the 2008 Blackbutt table. The size is slightly larger 1m x 2m (cf: 1.8m x 0.9m). The legs will be slightly wider, but the same height. The some complex difference is in the top. Because the centre boards are only 20mm machined, I will be edging the top with 40mm stock and have cross braces underneath. (Don’t worry I’ve considered wood expansion.)

I haven’t decided on chairs or table. I would love shaker chairs, but lack a lath and time. The main complaints I hear about the 2008 table are the lack of backs on the benches. Still pondering.

-- Daniel -

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 09:01 AM

I am looking forward to seeing the fiddleback in that myrtle.. and will be watching as you progress with the build…

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 06:25 PM

That looks good.

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