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Project by martin007 posted 1905 days ago 2662 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all

I built this maple shaker influenced writing table for my young girl. She will start school next september but she already uses it for drawing. Hand made dovetails. I did a lot of hand work on this project like the dovetails, the tapered legs, top chanfer, top planing, smoothing and scraping, and used no sand paper. The front apron and drawer fronts come from the same curly maple board. The drawer fronts were cut out of the board and the other apron pieces where glued back together. I saw Norm Abram did this and it permits to have a continuity in the grain. You might notice the top offseted to the back, although it was not part of the initial design, when I first put the oversize table on the base, I liked the extra depth and since this table will eventually have a hutch I decided to leave it as is.

I Finished it with “tried and true” traditionnal oil and varnish and a final coat of wax.

PS When I presented the completed table to my daughter, she said: “Yuppy now we can paint it!”

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec





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BRod

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#1 posted 1905 days ago

awesome looking table! I love the curly front and the seamless drawers. Nice execution

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bensaw

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#2 posted 1905 days ago

Looks perfect. Gotta try me some of that finish.

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Chris

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#3 posted 1905 days ago

It’s a great looking table, reall like the timber and the lines. I’m a little uneasy with the asymetric side view, but that’s just me. Nice job!

-- Chris

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Woodwrecker

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#4 posted 1905 days ago

That sure came out nice.
The figuring is awesome!

-- Having fun...Eric

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milehigh

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#5 posted 1905 days ago

Deja Vu. I cut my drawer fronts the same way too. Nice table!
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/15827

Paul

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gerrym526

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#6 posted 1905 days ago

A beautiful piece in one of my favorite woods-figured maple.

Hats off to a woodworker who takes the time to learn how to work with hand tools and produces a piece of fine furniture. Dovetails, tapered legs, etc. look very well done.

Nice to hear you used scrapers instead of sandpaper to smooth the surfaces-it does make a difference.

I also have used Norm’s technique when building a desk front with drawers.

-- Gerry

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lew

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#7 posted 1905 days ago

Beautiful Table!!

Shaker simplicity and beauty just can’t be beat.

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

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Junji

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#8 posted 1905 days ago

I can easily imagine how happy you are seeing your daughter using this desk. Yes, I gave one to my son a month ago too. He never says it to me, but at everywhere else, he keeps saying to anybody “my dad is great, he made my study desk!” So you daughter must proud of you, even if she doesn’t say so to you.
This is a great piece, really beautiful in every detail. The front apron and drawer fronts looks really cool, but must be really difficult to do that! Looking forward to your next project!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Beginningwoodworker

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#9 posted 1905 days ago

Nice looking writing table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1905 days ago

Please don’t paint it Yuppy. Looks great very nice fiqure. Cutting aprons out of one peice has been around long before Norm did it. I Like norm and what he has done for woodworking. Well done Martin

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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martin007

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#11 posted 1905 days ago

thanks people!

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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Bricofleur

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#12 posted 1775 days ago

Beautifull table, and well done. Congrats! The details are perfect. Is it an optical illusion or one front to back leaf overhangs more than the other?

Best,

Serge

www.atelierdubricoleur.spaces.live.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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martin007

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#13 posted 1775 days ago

Salut Serge

The back does overhang more

merci

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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John's Woodshop

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#14 posted 1695 days ago

Martin,

That is a beautiful table!

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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