|Project by Texasgaloot||posted 10-30-2008 04:01 AM||2001 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
I offer for submission a Shaker-style table (nightstand) that I completed 6 or 7 years ago, and only now borrowed the camera to take photos of. Oh well.
This table was made out of Texas cherry (I don’t know that it’s different from anywhere else, just bigger, I suppose.) The cherry does have some pretty wild grain. This was my first attempt to complete a project exclusively using hand tools, and I failed in that I couldn’t figure out how to make a consistent taper on the legs, so I made a taper jig for my table saw. It seems so easy to do that now…
This was also my first attempt at hand-cut blind dovetails, which turned out okay. I bruised the edges assembling the drawer (sheesh), but nothing has fallen apart so far. The mortises and tenons turned out well, however.
You’ll note that the top sports some racy breadboard ends and has what looks like blotching in the picture. I don’t know why the photo came out that way—it doesn’t appear blotchy at when you look at it. You will note that the knob doesn’t appear to fit the piece, and that’s because it’s one of the inexpensive big box jobs. I wasn’t able to turn anything at the time. I still can’t, until I get my treadle lathe finished.
The table was finished with one coat of boiled linseed oil which was allowed to dry for at least a week (near as I remember) and then two or three coats of polyurinate. No stains—the rich color comes from the combo of BLO and patina.
I know that this is not one of your uber-fashionable mission-style-asian-influenced Woodsmith projects. I continue to be drawn to the restrained simplicity and functional beauty of the Shakers. I’m looking forward to taking my wife to Pleasant Hill while we are in Berea, as a matter of fact. I have another one of these tables I started for my dad, and still have yet to complete. I need to do that before I’m too old to hold a chisel.
-- There's no tool like an old tool...