Shaker style hall table

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Project by Rick Dennington posted 12-02-2009 08:49 AM 4245 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my version of the Shaker hall table. I built this for my wife to put her Christmas village disply on. She said it was just the right size, so I guess I made a couple of points with her !!! It is solid oak, 36” high, 15” deep, and 51” long. I tapered the legs on all four sides, and used mortise and tenon joinery. I used pocket hole joinery to build the drawer slides, or box, for the drawer to fit easily. Box joints are 1/4” x 1/2”. I mis-calculated the height of the drawer. That’s why the b.j.’s are a little off, and didn’t come out exactly even. I’ll try to do better next time !! lol. The top is attached to the frame with “figure 8’s”. No glue. I really like that idea, and have used them for years. I had some pixs showing the figure”8” setup, but the #’s must have got delieted from my file somehow. Oh well—you get the picture!!!! lol. Nothing unusual about the table. I do like the drawer, though. I put 2 coats of WatCo Danish Oil on, let dry for about 6 hrs., and then put 4 coats of WatCo Wiping Poly, buffy between coats with 0000 steel wool, then finishing up with Johnson’s Paste Wax.
All in all it turned out pretty nice, my wife was tickled with it, and now I get to buy a new tool and some more wood!!!!!!!!! Ain’t life grand? Thanks for looking. All comments welcome, thank you very much.

-- " Geezer.......Not young.....Not dead....Somewhere in between.."

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#1 posted 12-02-2009 09:01 AM

Hey—- I found the pixs I was looking for of the hall table set up. You’ll need to click on the links to see the pixs.

-- " Geezer.......Not young.....Not dead....Somewhere in between.."

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#2 posted 12-02-2009 03:48 PM

Nice hall table.

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 04:24 PM


You just can’t beat the simple beauty of the Shaker style.

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

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 04:52 PM

Really nice design. Thank you for providing the 3 photo links. They were helpful in seeing the framework.

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 04:57 PM

Nice work. Your story reinforces what I was taught “When Momma’s Happy – Everybody’s Happy.”

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 05:00 PM

awesome job on the table Rick. Im not sure what you are talking about on the figure 8’s. Could you explain what that is.

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 05:01 PM

never mind, i just saw your pics of the 8’s. I thought you were talking about some kind of complex joinery. Looks like that would be an easy way to go.

-- RKWoods

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 06:24 PM

Thanks guys for the nice comments. This is actually my first project posting. I don’t usually post my work, but several have asked to see my projects and furniture, so I’ll try to post a few more pieces.

Randy: The figure 8’s are the easy way to go, as you say. I use a Forstner bit and cut a shallow hole just deep enough for the 8’s to sit down in. Like I said—no glue. You could use glue if glueing longgrain to longgrain, but glueing a crossgrain to longgrain might cause it to split over time.. There is no complicated joinery.

-- " Geezer.......Not young.....Not dead....Somewhere in between.."

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#9 posted 12-02-2009 07:03 PM

well done

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#10 posted 12-02-2009 08:23 PM

Nice job Rick

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#11 posted 12-02-2009 09:27 PM

Hey Rick surper hall table I like it’s clean smooth lines

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#12 posted 12-02-2009 09:44 PM

Thanks, Ken and Jim: I’ve always liked the Shaker style of furniture, and have built a few pieces in that style.

The Shakers had it right: “No fancy frills or adornment—- form follows function.
Thanks Jim for the info on the authors of Shaker books. I now have several that I ordered. A great wealth of knowledge.

-- " Geezer.......Not young.....Not dead....Somewhere in between.."

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#13 posted 12-21-2009 12:21 AM

Great table. I really like it. My dasd is looking at doing something similar. Do you have plans or a drawing that you could share?

-- - If my wife asks, I got ALL of my tools on sale.

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#14 posted 02-17-2011 03:48 AM

Really good job Rick.

-- Who can I block now???????????????????????

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#15 posted 03-06-2011 09:36 AM

i made a table like this for our wall by the front door…except mine is a full slab of spalted oak on the very top… i like ti put colored tips on the ends of these feet , just to give more contrast…try it sometime…but a beautiful table

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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