Shaker Table from Childhood Wood

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Project by griph0n posted 06-10-2010 04:44 AM 2359 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just noticed the bit of a rhyme there…hmmm. The birdseye top and sides are resawn from a big slab table top my father gave me. I can’t remember a time I can’t remember it.

Quite alot of fun resawing the birdseye and riftsawing the legs on the bandsaw. I built a 4ft sled for the planer to joint the boards for the top, works great, followed the plans in FWW. My jointer is a 6 inch and I wanted to use two boards in a 14 inch top. The birdseye was a bear to handplane so I left the muscle work to finish planing and scraping. I tried cutting the chamfer on the tabletop with handplanes but ended up going to the tablesaw with my tail between my legs. Again, that birdseye is nice but….

Lots of works done with the new Wenzloff & Sons tenon saw. I rabbetted the drawers instead of dovetailing them in order to try out my new Veritas Skew rabbet plane and cut the drawer bottom grooves with my new Veritas small plow plane, tuned up the tenons with a new Veritas skew block plane and router plane. So all in all I could sell the table for the price of a compact car and not break even.

The knob is my first ever turning. I used a buddies lathe and it’s so much fun I think I may have to have Christmas early.

The finish is Deftoil Danish. About five coats of oil and a two of wax. I’m a little disappointed in the blotching on the legs. I used natural Danish oil and didn’t expect that there would be enough colour in it to blotch. The legs were planed scraped and handsanded with 400 and mirror smooth. Interesting. I think I’ll try shellac on the next maple project.

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 04:48 AM

Wonderful Shaker table.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 05:25 AM

I built 4 similar to that a few years ago and sold all of them with in a few days I keep planning to build more but….............Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 03:58 PM

Very nice, beautiful work!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 07:18 PM

very nice looking table. It is cool that you use wood from a project that your dad made. his creativity is still there just in a different form. very nice

-- mjhaines

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 07:33 PM

Great looking table. Built one myself out of “pallet” pine years ago using the same plans.

-- Jef Spencer - Refined Pallet -

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 09:00 PM

The history of the wood is wonderful! Thanks for sharing the story.

Also, I looked pretty closely at the pictures, and though I am sure you see some blotching (or else you wouldn’t have mentioned it!) the figure of the wood does a great job masking it—I can’t see the imperfections you are talking about.

-- David from Indiana --

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#7 posted 06-10-2010 09:53 PM

Gotta love those dainty legs!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 06-11-2010 03:43 PM

That came out great. I particularly like the dowel joints in the drawer.

-- Chris

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