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Shaker side table #1: planning and Sketch up drawings

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Blog entry by Mike Gager posted 11-24-2009 10:29 PM 4159 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently my wife and i started doing some remodeling on our house and I found some old boards and thought that it would be cool to make something out of them. The wood is basically just several pieces of pine and some douglas fir 2×4s. Nothing really spectacular at all but hey free wood is free wood and this stuff is likely original to the house which was built in the 1930s so there is some history to it.

Anyways ive been racking my brain on what to do with the stuff with several ideas coming and going I decided I should probably get a better idea of what I had to work with. After looking at the boards I realized a lot of it was pretty much not usable for anything but scraps. Originally I had the idea of a Shaker blanket chest but there just wasnt enough wood to build one so I had to scale it down quite a bit. What I came up with is a modified Shaker side table.

I scoured the interweb looking for ideas on how I wanted to build mine and used some pieces from several that I found including Norm Abrams version which used breadboard ends on the top. I also decided to make the front apron a one piece part with the drawer cut from it so the wood grain would match. On a typical shaker side table the drawer goes all the way across from leg to leg. Last modification on mine will be the use of sliding dovetails for all the leg and drawer joinery. Here is a picture of what I have come up with in sketch up

shaker side table sketchup #1

shaker side table sketchup #2

yeah i know, exciting right?

more to come….



11 comments so far

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 10:54 PM

Looks nice. Seems like a relatively simple project on the face of it. Not really Shaker I guess, but I don’t think that was your idea. I assume the end grain would be covered by the bread board sides. How do you keep the drawer front on, is it just glued, or do you drave a screw or nail into the joint as well?

I am making some woodworking tiling textures that would be helpful in design and illustration, but it will take a while to get them all done.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Brad_Nailor

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 11:11 PM

Nice SU work. I have to agree with Dave, although I like breadboard ends I don’t think they really go with the overall design of the piece..I think the design would work well without them.

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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Mike Gager

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 11:21 PM

thanks for the comments guys. the breadboard ends arent set in stone as i havent gotten that far yet and im definitely open for ideas

here is a picture of one wit BB ends to give an idea what it might look like

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jlsmith5963

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 12:09 AM

Mike
Don’t let anyone talk you out of the breadboards if you like them keep ‘em. Also, although through sliding dovetail in your drawer construction may not be traditional, there isn’t anything ‘wrong’ doing it if you want to show off your dovetailing skills to anyone who uses the drawer.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 11-25-2009 01:09 AM

I agree with jlsmith, if you like the design element of the breadboard, then why not. It is also a chance to develop some skills. And my comment about the drawer was curiosity, I kinda like the idea, and wonder how you would do it.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Brad_Nailor

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#6 posted 11-25-2009 01:22 AM

No one is trying to talk him out of anything…just my opinion. I do like the way it looks in the photo…better than in the SU render.

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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CaptainSkully

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#7 posted 11-25-2009 01:36 AM

I respectfully have to disagree with DaveR. He has his reasons, which I’m well aware of, but to jazz up your very nice project, I’d go ahead with the breadboard ends and keep the dovetails on the drawer fronts. I think it adds a little pizazz to show off your craftsmanship. It’s not true Shaker, but if you like that look, there’s nothing wrong with diverging a bit. That’s why they call it custom furniture.

Everybody opens the drawers of my Stickley stuff to look for dovetails. I always say that Stickley didn’t dovetail their drawers.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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jlsmith5963

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#8 posted 11-25-2009 01:39 AM

I would like to revise and extension my remarks:

Please substitute Feel free not to listen to anyone lobbying for the removal for Don’t let anyone talk you out.

OK now does everyone feel better now?....lol

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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Mike Gager

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#9 posted 11-25-2009 06:48 AM

jim, the drawers are glued, although there is quite a bit of mechanical strength in the joint alone.

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gizmodyne

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#10 posted 11-25-2009 05:38 PM

If you do decided to do the breadboard ends you might consider not having the tenons showing.

I am not sure if CaptainSkully was joking or not but here is a link to some info on Stickley drawers

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 11-25-2009 07:57 PM

Going to be a nice table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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