Modern Shaker Table

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Project by Mark Mazzo posted 01-22-2009 05:26 PM 1750 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve blogged about the design and construction of this table here before. I thought I’d add it as a project with a few more photos (sorry for the quality of these, they were taken quickly just before the table was packed up to go to its final location).

The table is made from Hard Maple with Cherry string inlay. The construction is loose mortise and tenon. The legs are splayed by 2 degrees to give it a more modern and delicate appearance. The finish is General Finishes Arm-R-Seal rubbed out with steel wool and paste wax. Thanks for looking!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#1 posted 01-22-2009 05:43 PM

Mark Mazzo,
I’ve seen some of this project in a previous post, and really enjoyed your blog on the inlaying process. I’m in fact trying a little myself right now on some semi-Federal style legs. I’m not having as great a success story as your pics’ depict here. Thanks for giving us a look at the finished project.
I really like your overall design of this table and the cherry string inlays certainly add complicated wood working technique to an otherwise clean eleganly simple looking design. Real craftsmanship exhibited here. Congratulations on an excellent build and TY-for sharing.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#2 posted 01-22-2009 05:54 PM

Great lookin Table nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 01-22-2009 06:40 PM

VERY nice job, Mark. Elegant and tasteful.

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

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#4 posted 01-22-2009 07:38 PM

Great lines, very pleasing to the eye. Good job.

-- Jerry, Iowa

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#5 posted 01-22-2009 07:56 PM

I’m shakin’ all over…the seemingly simplest projects can always surprise with the excellent execution of fine detail…very well done.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 01-22-2009 11:26 PM

This table screams elegant, I love the lines. Great job all around…


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#7 posted 01-22-2009 11:34 PM

Very nice clean design with just enough twist for visual interest.
If I were to make the table I would have used 2 1/5 Degrees but that’s just me. Other than that its perfect.
Thanks for taking the time to show it.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#8 posted 01-22-2009 11:55 PM

Just great!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Mark Mazzo

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#9 posted 01-23-2009 04:52 AM

Thanks all, for the kind words.

Ken (woodbutcher) – As far as the battle with your inlay, the best advice I can give is to get a good fit (i.e. not too tight) when it is dry because when you add the glue it will not necesarilly go in any easier. Hydraulic pressure is not your friend in this case ;-)

BarryW – Wow, this thing is have some effect on you! Thanks for the nice comments.

Dominic – Yeah, I think that extra 1/5 of a degree may have pushed this thing to the next level ;-) Seriously though, the 2 degrees that I’m speaking of is not the taper, but rather a splay of the legs outward to the left and right. It’s not real apparent from the photos unless you compare the leg line with a vertical line. I was hoping that it would give the table a bit more of a delicate stance,

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#10 posted 01-23-2009 06:00 AM

Nice design and job.


-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#11 posted 01-23-2009 07:45 PM

Beautiful work! I really like the design. I can see the Shaker influence, but you’ve included enough additional detail (inlay, splayed legs, glossy finish) that this project has really left the Shaker designation in the (saw)dust! Great job!

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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