Cherry Shaker Table

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Project by Bill Akins posted 03-30-2010 02:58 PM 3501 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my cherry shaker table I made for Woodworkers Fighting Cancer at
Marc Spagnuolo has done a wonderful job uniting woodworkers to build a project to raise money for the American Cancer Society. He has also raised a lot in donations alone. If you don’t know him, check out his site. Tons of great info and videos.

I ordered my cherry lumber from Bell Forest Products. I tapered the legs on my Ryobi table saw and still have all my fingers too! I cut the tenons with a dado blade and the mortises on a router table. I wanted to do half blind dovetails but I need a lot of practice before I commit to it so I did rabbits on the drawers. I did turn the knob on my lathe. I started the finish with a mix 1/3 each of shellac, boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. After 2 coats of that I put 3 coats of a mix of 50/50 satin poly and mineral spirits. The inside of the drawer has 2 coats of shellac to seal the wood. All coats were wiped on. It’s not without it’s flaws but it’s smooth and level.

This was a real fun project for a great cause.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 03:05 PM

nice the detail on the top to make it look light and thinner..delicate little table

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 03:08 PM

Great job Bill.
That came out super nice !
For a great cause too.
And I agree, Marc really does wood working proud.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 03:18 PM

Bill, good job for a good cause.

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 04:46 PM

Greetings Bill: I really like making Shaker furniture. It is probably my most favorite of all to do. Smooth clean lines with no fancy frills or ornamintations. The Shakers had it right when they said” form follows function”....
I have several books on how to make Shaker furniture and different things the Shakers used in everyday life. I think I might have made a good Shaker, but I couldn’t be celibate…..... know what I mean… lol…

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 05:36 PM

the way the top and the legs is made
make it looks very elegant
thank´s for sharing


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#6 posted 03-30-2010 05:43 PM

very cool! I think wood workers are amazing! I have read many times that cherry is hard to finish…so I think you did a fantastic job…

will the item (s) be sold in a special auction?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 03-30-2010 06:42 PM

That is a sweet little table !! Great project for a greater cause ! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 03-30-2010 07:18 PM

I think it’s absolutely beautiful.

The story behind it … to me … means there’s a lot of you … a lot of soul … a lot of heart in that piece.

How could it be anything BUT beautiful?

Really nice job!!

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 03-30-2010 11:25 PM

Thats a beautiful table, Bill.

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#10 posted 03-31-2010 12:43 AM

Great looking table!
Are there plans for these on the or is this a member deal? Any inof would be great! Thanks!

-- Mike, Southern IL

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#11 posted 03-31-2010 02:22 AM

Nice job Bill! Shaker is my style as well. Nice comment on the fingers. Its nice to know fellow woodworkers are responsible for their own actions when it comes to safety using power tools.

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#12 posted 03-31-2010 02:34 AM

like the top edge profile


-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#13 posted 03-31-2010 02:42 AM

Love those classic shaker lines. Great job Bill.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 03-31-2010 02:44 AM

great job

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#15 posted 03-31-2010 01:41 PM

Very nice! I like working with cherry, sands smooth and takes the finish so well. Beautiful wood, beautiful table.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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