small shaker style table

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Blog entry by lumberdog posted 05-18-2010 02:52 PM 5473 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some photos of the construction of my small shaker table, it measures 271/2”W x 19”D x 22”H.
I used cherry and maple. Legs are tapered from 1 1/4” to 7/8” on the inside edges.



glue up

corner bracing, and the dadoes i cut for the clips that hold the top.

assembled, notice the bead on the bottom edge of the apron.

finished, three coats of linseed oil and paste wax.

I am in the process of building another one, but a little larger with a drawer and made out of walnut.
This is my first blog.
Thanks for looking…..Jim

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#1 posted 05-18-2010 03:23 PM

Thanks for the great photos. Very nice table. Please feel free to comment about the building process, changes you’d make, things that went well, design choices, where you got the plans, etc. I’m glad to see that you mentioned the wood and the finish used.

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

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#2 posted 05-18-2010 04:19 PM

I didn’t start with any drawn plans, just looking at photos of other tables. I cut the legs square and to a length that i thought would look good, then i stood them on end on the bench and placed them apart to get an idea of the dimensions of the top and the width of the aprons. Then i tapered them from the bottom edge of the apron. I spent some time using a small chisel to under cut the shoulders on the ends of the aprons so they would fit tight against the legs. After dry fitting it together I decided to cut a bead on the aprons and to cut the dado on the inside so i could fasten the top down with metal clips that i picked up at the WOODCRAFT store. i also decided then to put in the corner bracing, i probably could have gotten away without them but a little add strength is always good. Most of what i make is not done by following plans, i get ideas from photos of other peoples projects, then i make changes to satisfy my eye and to make it my own. i also would like to add that i do not like to make more than one of anything the same. so therefore i will not be building another table exactly like this one, but i will be using the basic design again, but with added features.
I really enjoy the blogs on LUMBERJOCKS and amazed at the quality of woodwork that is being done.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#3 posted 05-18-2010 04:33 PM

Just a great job :-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 05-18-2010 06:22 PM

Jim – how do you get the date on the front of your photos? Is it a particular camera or software?

-- Greg D.

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#5 posted 05-18-2010 08:36 PM

I am using a NIKON coolpix P4, and the date is one of the options in the menu. I might add that it is a great little camera.


-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#6 posted 05-19-2010 03:36 AM

Super table

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#7 posted 05-19-2010 07:32 AM

Nice job! I saw that you posted it as a project too. Do you have a mortising machine, a mortising bit for the drill press or did you drill and chisel? Either way, it turned out great.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#8 posted 05-19-2010 03:08 PM

Thanks Kristoffer, In reply to your question i use a mortising jig i built a couple of years ago( i don’t remember where i got the plans ) as you can see in the photo it has adjustable stops and router guide.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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