Tiger Maple and Walnut Shaker "ish" table

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Project by TraumaJacques posted 06-04-2009 03:23 PM 2717 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple shaker style table in figured maple and walnut. It is fun to see people run their hands on the top expecting it to be wavy and finding out it is smooth has glass. The finish is Shellac and wax this table will not see much action so no need to over do it on the finish. It was a fun project that I did while trying out my new toy the jointer.
thanks for looking.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#1 posted 06-04-2009 03:26 PM


I think you have captured the essence of the Shaker style!

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

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#2 posted 06-04-2009 04:01 PM

Yeah, real nice… and you know you’ve done well when people want to touch and feel… oh, I like that smaller size, too. You could fit that piece in just about anywhere.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 06-04-2009 04:20 PM

Very nice table indeed. Clean lines and tasteful finish. May I ask how the legs are joined? M&T, dowels, pocket holes?

Also it looks as though the legs are tapered. Did you taper on all four sides? Just the outsides?

Great job.

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#4 posted 06-04-2009 04:37 PM

Hey Mc Lean
Thanks the legs are M&T and the legs are tapered on the two inside faces.
You need to do two the mirror image of the others and I went from just proud of 2 inches down to 1 ½ . Roughed cut them on the band saw leaving the line then hand planed to the line. A bit of sanding and your are good to go.
Shakers left the outside of their legs straight but gave the illusion of thinness by tapering the inside. So I read anyway.

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#5 posted 06-04-2009 05:08 PM

Nice table with nice fiqured wood well done.

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#6 posted 06-05-2009 12:27 AM

Love the Maple with the Walnut. Nice job

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#7 posted 06-05-2009 01:55 AM

Beautiful table

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#8 posted 06-05-2009 03:34 AM

Beautiful grain and the table looks great. What is the size?

-- 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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#9 posted 06-05-2009 03:55 AM

Sweet little table. Love that curly maple!

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

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#10 posted 06-05-2009 05:47 AM

I like both species of wood a lot, but your legs appear way too thick in the pictures for the scale of the rest of the table. JMHO
I think a wider(not taller) apron and thinner legs would have put this little gem over the top : ) It looks like if the two legs were side by side , they would equal half of your apron width . You also stated that the table wouldn’t be seeing much action which would lead me to make the legs more delicate in the first place.
You’re right about the Shaker taper on the inside of the legs…it appears lighter , more delicate and more pleasing to the eye that way.

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#11 posted 06-05-2009 05:49 PM

Great looking table and finish in the true shaker style.

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

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#12 posted 06-06-2009 03:19 PM

Dusty56- I completely get what you are saying. I said the same thing when I dry fitted it. (Good eye by the way). There were a few factors that influence my design decision. Firstly I milled and glued the top first leaving me with just enough board to do the aprons. I had more maple but it was in the middle of a big pile of lumber and I am fundamentally lazy. Secondly what you do not see in the pictures is that the final location of this table is a small area beside our piano. I am currently building a piano bench as a furniture class I am taking, the legs on the bench will be exactly the same diameter at the top shorter of course but with the same taper angle. I think it will complement each piece once they are together.
Thanks for the feedback.
Every one else thanks for looking.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#13 posted 06-06-2009 06:01 PM

”—All bleeding will eventually stop.”.......LOL Got to love your motto , TJ ! Thanks for the explanation …I can’t wait to see the piano bench …are you going to do the upholstery work on it as well ?

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#14 posted 08-13-2009 12:20 AM

Thats a beautiful table.

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