Shaker end table

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I watched the retro new yankee workshop this past Friday, and since I had a couple of pieces of walnut that had been sitting in the rack for a long time. Not really enough to do a lot with, but just enough for the end table. Not sure if the shakers ever used walnut, but thats what I had.

-- David South FLorida

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 10:19 PM

Looks good David Shaker style furniture is one of my favorites

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 10:35 PM

Nice job David.

Did you pretty much follow the same construction as the show, or did you add your own personal touches?

Do you have any more pictures of the drawer or the top of the table?

How did you finish it?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 10:39 PM

That’s really great! I would like to build a couple in that style! I am curious, how do you find the correct taper for the legs and did you do the mortises before or after the taper?

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 10:43 PM

If there was a Walnut tree on the property then they would probably use it.

A beautiful table,

-- 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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#5 posted 01-31-2010 11:41 PM

I didn’t really follow the construction on the show, I mainly just winged it. The tapper…...I just set the leg on the table saw in the tapper jig and picked the angle that looked about right. The tapper starts a few inches below the side, it would look better if it started right at the junction of the leg and the side board. Lessons learned. I did make the mortises before doing the tapper, that was something I noticed on the show, Norm made the tappers before he made the mortises. Seemed better the other way around, since both he and I used a router to do them, with a tapper already on the leg there would be just a short piece to hold flat against the router table fence. I put one coat of tung oil on it, and will probably put several more coats onto the top.

-- David South FLorida

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#6 posted 02-01-2010 12:00 AM

My students do this product as an introductory furniture project every year for a lot of reasons. It utilizes traditional furniture construction techniques, it is useful, it can be slightly modified for personal tastes, it can be made for about $20, and most kids’ parents want another one or two when they get them home!

We do several changes from Norms version on the TV show. For example, we face laminate two 6 1/2” boards, and then rip them into 1 1/2” square blanks for the legs. We use the Moritiser to cut the mortises, and we also cut the mortises before we cut the taper. The taper is the toughest thing for the kids to do, and I watch them closely when they perform this function of the table saw. We cut the tenons with a dado head on the table saw, and cut them to length to fit into the mortises with the band saw. We use pocket screws to fasten the bread board ends to the top. We use 1/2”birch plywood for the sides and back of the drawer box, a drawer lock rabbet to fasten the front of the drawers to the sides, and we put a false front on the front.

The best part of this project is that it really is four separate subassemblies, so I can break a class of twenty up into four groups and they rarely have “logjam” lines at the machine tools. I simply have to remind them that they must be accurate for everything to fit together! We have had to modify some drawer glide dimensions from time to time!

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#7 posted 02-01-2010 12:47 AM

looks good

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#8 posted 02-01-2010 02:33 AM

David, this looks good. This is one of my favorite styles of furniture. I am sure it was a fun build and you ended up creating a beautiful piece of furniture.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 02-01-2010 02:55 AM

Nice looking table.

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 03:10 AM

Well done Dave, I love that shaker style too.

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#11 posted 02-01-2010 04:07 AM

Looks great Dave. Whats the handle made out of.

-- Jeff, Laguna Hills CA

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#12 posted 02-02-2010 01:21 AM

Jeff the handles a piece of 1/2” oak dowel from home depot

-- David South FLorida

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#13 posted 02-02-2010 04:02 AM

Nice job! I too am a big fan of this style.

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