First Furniture Project

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Project by ChuckV posted 09-29-2008 03:09 AM 1961 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These Shaker-style night tables are my first attempt at building furniture. They are made from yellow birch. I based them on a slightly larger table that I once bought as a kit. I also used the book How to Build Shaker Furniture by Thos. Moser.
I finished the tables with three applications of linseed oil and two coats of carnuba wax.
Instead of building both tables at once, I decided to build one to completion and then build the other one. This allowed me to learn from my experience and see if I could do a better job on the second one. The first one is now on the side of the bed that is less visible, even though most people do not notice the differences.

-- “It was they who were wrong, and for them here's a song.” ― I. Anderson

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#1 posted 09-29-2008 03:26 AM

Really great first attempt at furniture making. I wish my first piece looked anywhere near this good.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-29-2008 04:07 AM

I think they look great! I love shaker furniture, and built a table very similar to yours in cherry. Your dovetails turned out a lot better than mine. Great job!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#3 posted 09-29-2008 04:18 AM

Nice work… I especially like those pegged tenons. A question though; here in the south it usually takes forever and a day for BLO to cure. I know it get’s pretty humid up in Mass. How long did it take for the finish to cure for this project?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 09-29-2008 06:12 AM

Nice job! I like the grain and the dovetails. Thanks for posting.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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Patrick Jaromin

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#5 posted 09-29-2008 01:16 PM

Very nice work….especially so considering this is your “first attempt.” Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#6 posted 09-29-2008 02:04 PM

Thanks for your comments. When I finished the first table, it was very humid. I waited 48 hours between applications. For the second one, it was much drier so I went with 24 hours. But I still waited 48 hours between the last application of oil and the wax.

-- “It was they who were wrong, and for them here's a song.” ― I. Anderson

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naomi weiss

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#7 posted 12-27-2009 11:13 AM

Wow—first attempt?! I can’t wait to see your stuff in a few years! Is that a Saturday table?

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#8 posted 12-02-2010 04:11 AM

Nice looking tables.

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