Shaker style bedside table.

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Project by Rick Coker posted 05-29-2007 02:44 AM 2629 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was one of my first projects. It was a challenge for me at my skill level because of the number of long mortises. I chose yellow pine because it was available. If I build another, I’ll try it with cherry. I ended up staining with dark cherry gel stain. My wife thinks it look good and I guess that is all that matters.

-- -- Rick Coker

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#1 posted 05-29-2007 02:47 AM

It looks great Rick. If you can, add a picture of it stained, so we can see how it looks.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 05-29-2007 04:23 AM

Great looking table Rick. If you need the plans for the Thorsen Send me an e-mail and I’ll forward them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 05-29-2007 04:39 PM

Very nice Rick, Yes we’d like to see it stained. It’ll be beautiful. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 05-29-2007 04:57 PM

With this project your skill level has been moved up a few noches, and your wife sounds like she has good taste.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#5 posted 05-29-2007 05:15 PM

Nice job! My wife hasn’t liked any of my pieces…nice to get past that hurdle on your first project!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 05-29-2007 06:16 PM

Beautiful table. Great project.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#7 posted 05-30-2007 11:30 AM

this is wonderful! Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 05-30-2007 07:30 PM

Awesome grain patterns on the drawers. Very neat.

Excellent craftsmanship. Could you talk about how you constructed the drawers? What did you use for guides?

-- -- Skee from MN

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Rick Coker

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#9 posted 05-31-2007 03:07 AM

The drawers used traditional locking joints in the front. For guides, I used one hardwood T-shaped slide located in the bottom center of the drawer, I think I got them from Rockler. They worked pretty well, I waxed them to make them operate smoothly. I learned a lot from the construction.

-- -- Rick Coker

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#10 posted 05-31-2007 05:25 AM

This is one great side table. Nice woodworking job Rick.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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