Shaker Side Table in Black Walnut

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Project by mdoan posted 2454 days ago 2844 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a shaker-inspired side table that I made using plans from WoodWorker’s Journal April ‘07. This is my second wood project.

There are some techniques from the first project that I’d like to work on as well as trying out new tools and techniques that I’ve seen along the way.

New techniques:
Festool Domino loose tenon joinery
taper jig for table saw
bevel jig for table saw
resawing stock on the bandsaw
edge-gluing boards table tops

New tools for this project:
surface planer
band saw

I’ve added a picture of the table top.

-- Wood Chopper

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#1 posted 2454 days ago

Excellent work. Very clean build. I really like the clean lines and joinery.

Looks like a lot of firsts on this project!



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#2 posted 2454 days ago

Flawless! Can’t wait to see your third project.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#3 posted 2454 days ago

Very nice work! The joinery looks crisp and clean.

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 2454 days ago

Good Job. Excellent all around. I like the beveled top.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 2454 days ago

Very impressive. I predict you’ll be a Lumberjocks “star” if this is any indication of projects to come.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 2454 days ago

What a wonderful piece, how many BF of material is used. I can just see what this piece will look like as the years pass and the wood deepens in color. Excellent work, wonderful choice in design and wood. Work such as this is what woodworking is all about about. Great work and thak you.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#7 posted 2454 days ago

that is amazing…did you say 2nd project…beautiful job…i love the wood…all of it…great job!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 2454 days ago

Thats a nice table, and a heck of a job for project #2. Congrats! i really like the bevel also!


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#9 posted 2454 days ago

Shaker Style has to be one of my favorites. Because of the simplicity of there designs. There are no extras to cloud the view. Very well executed , beautiful job.

-- Kaleo ,

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#10 posted 2453 days ago

Great looking Shaker Table. I like the bevels on the table top to make it look thinner.

Using Walnut for all sides of the drawer is classy and unexpected.

it would be nice to see a picture of the top without the drawer on top of it.

A great project. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 2453 days ago

Beautiful table. I like the simplicity of the Shaker style. Great job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 2453 days ago

Great looking second project, nice lines and color. Wood is beautiful good finish job. Nice all round job, for a 2nd project, for sure. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 2453 days ago

Beautiful table. Lots of new skills and tools. How do you like the Domino? I’ve never used loose tenons though I’m told they’re plenty strong.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#14 posted 2451 days ago

Terrific work and terrific wood choice. As others have said, I really like the simplicity of Shaker design. Thanks for letting us see this gem.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#15 posted 2450 days ago

I’m with the rest! Just wanted to let you know that I like this a lot!

A couple Qs -

how do you open the drawer, a little push from underneath? -hee hee…and what is the drawer bottom material?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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