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Project by Dustin posted 05-08-2017 05:18 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey, so I’ve been awfully quiet on the projects (largely inactive in my shop, but also a lack of staging and quality photos of my small stuff), but finally got around to posting this. My first project on here, the shadow box, was made of one of 2 boards I got from member CharlesA. This table, with the exception of the column, is made from the other. It is based off of the plan found in the New Yankee Workshop projects book I have. Due to lathe capacity, I had to shorten the pedestal a bit, but the total height comes to about 24.75”. I also made the top closer to 3/4” thick, as opposed to the 1/2” specified in the plans. I was particularly happy about the dark inclusion on the pedestal that came out while turning; I think it adds some nice character to the piece.

Mainly, I wanted to build this to challenge myself. I learned a few lessons the hard way (refining the backcut on the legs where they join the pedestal wasn’t much fun), but it was an overall great experience. I finished the piece with 1 coat of natural Danish oil to pop the grain, and 3 coats of wipe on poly (gloss). It was also the first time I got to use my card scraper for a glued up panel, and while my forearms were aching, that was so much more satisfying than sanding!

After the build, I realized we didn’t really have a place for it in my house. However, our church tends to use a stool about the same height as a table on the stage, so I offered them this to replace it, which they graciously accepted.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."





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#1 posted 05-08-2017 05:21 PM

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 05-08-2017 05:21 PM

Nice to see the board again!

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#3 posted 05-08-2017 05:27 PM

Thanks, folks! Nice thing about a single pedestal: you can just kind of wing it!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#4 posted 05-08-2017 06:30 PM

Very pretty and classic. Shaker style goes well in church. Did you use a metal spider?

-- May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung . . .

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#5 posted 05-08-2017 06:37 PM



Very pretty and classic. Shaker style goes well in church. Did you use a metal spider?

- PaxJen

I take it that’s the bracing piece used at the bottom of the pedestal? If so, nope, skipped it. Dovetailed the legs into the column. Figured that should be plenty strong, considering it’ll never have more than a few pounds on it.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 05-08-2017 07:02 PM

This is a outstanding piece and is beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#7 posted 05-08-2017 09:23 PM

Very nice table, came out great. Two things you can’t go wrong with, cherry and Shaker.
You mentioned the difficulty with the leg to pedestal joint, did you use dovetails, or straight tenons? Either way, nice work.

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#8 posted 05-08-2017 09:40 PM

Great job. I have made a few pieces with the legs dovetailed into the pedestal, and it is always a challenge for me.

That is wonderful that the piece is going to a good home!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#9 posted 05-08-2017 11:44 PM

Love Shaker. I’ve done some similar pieces. Nice work!!!!

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#10 posted 05-09-2017 01:26 PM

nicely done.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#11 posted 05-09-2017 01:47 PM



Very nice table, came out great. Two things you can t go wrong with, cherry and Shaker.
You mentioned the difficulty with the leg to pedestal joint, did you use dovetails, or straight tenons? Either way, nice work.

- Oldtool

I used dovetails, but have considered if doing this project again to mill the mating surace flat rather than leaving it round, in order to avoid doing the backcuts.

And thanks for all the encouragement! I do appreciate shaker style, as I’m something of a “less is more” kind of guy, but I’m hoping to refine my skills enough to try a Green and Green style furniture piece in the future: I just love the contrasting through tenons you see on those!

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#12 posted 05-09-2017 03:14 PM

That is a wonderful piece. Classic in every way.

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#13 posted 05-10-2017 03:16 AM

Have always wanted to build one of these, nice job.

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#14 posted 05-10-2017 03:25 AM

Nicely done!
I like the choice of cherry for this table, making it classic indeed.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 05-10-2017 11:50 AM

Thanks again, everybody, for the encouraging words!
Rick, if you’ve got a lathe a decent place to pick up a 3×3 cherry blank, I highly recommend this project. Honestly, it’s not too involved, and is a real pleasure to build. The blank I used for the column would have run me over 40 bucks at WC, but cost me 5 at the local mill!
Oldnovice, I have a bit of a love affair for cherry. I don’t have a lot of projects under my belt (mostly shop based), but it’s my absolute favorite wood to work with and finish, especially now that I can do a marginally decent job finishing. Can’t wait to try some spray laquer on my next project, after seeing how Charles’ mahogany baptismal font turned out.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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