Shaker Hall Table

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Project by knothead posted 1977 days ago 1379 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After several projects, my skill set has finally improved enough for me to feel comfortable displaying some of my work.

There is nothing particularly spectacular about this project, it is built from plans purchased from Woodsmith ( built from cherry and finished with 2 coats of General Seal-a-Cell Clear, burnished with 4 OT steel wool between coats, then there are 6 coats of Arm-r-Seal gloss and finally 2 coats of Arm-r-Seal Semi-gloss. It rubbed out beautifully! Instructions found on David Marks Web Site

I did deviate from the plans as purchased, The plans called for cherry thru and thru and I substituted Poplar for the secondary structure and the drawer sides, the drawer bottoms were supposed to be 1/4” plywood and I made them from solid 1/2” poplar with a rabbet to fit the groove. (Plywood doesn’t belong on a piece like this)

The drawers in the plan were lipped drawers and I chose to make flush fit drawers, and the planed drawer fronts were attached with lock rabbets and I substituted hand cut dovetails.

I also added poplar drawer guides as well to hopefully keep them sliding straight for many years to come, a liberal coat of wax and we will see. I really wanted to add a small band inlay around the top, but will give that a bit more practice before I try it for real, anyway simplicity is the theme in shaker pieces so it is just fine without the embellishment.

Everyone looks for and appreciates positive feedback and I am no different, but constructive criticism will definitely be appreciated.

Thanks for looking!


-- So Much Wood - So Little Time! --

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#1 posted 1977 days ago

Very nice. That is such a classic design. You were right to change the drawers, they look great.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 1977 days ago

Very nice, great piece.

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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#3 posted 1977 days ago

Great table. You’ve got nothing to feel uncomfortable about.

-- Chris

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#4 posted 1977 days ago

Beautiful Work!!

I am an ardent fan of the Shaker designs and you have captured it beautifully. I agree 100% about using “real” wood throughout and, in my opinion, the inlay would have ruined the Shaker philosophy of simplicity.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 1977 days ago

Beautiful hall table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 1977 days ago

I see you used one piece of wood for the front stretcher and drawer faces. You did a great job.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 1977 days ago

Great work. I love the Shaker style. Very nice table.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 1977 days ago

Excellent job!

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

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#9 posted 1977 days ago

That came out fantastic no constructive criticism needed, great job on the dovetails. Very nice piece. Thanks for sharing

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