My Shaker Table

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Project by Gatsby1923 posted 12-04-2010 06:38 AM 1113 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just my newest shaker table. It is based on the one done by Christian Becksvoort about a year ago in Fine Woodworking Magazine. My first “Fine Furniture” in many years. I used some Cherry I have been saving for a while. Most of the top was a wonderfully figured piece 11 inches wide. It was a bit bowed so I used it as an excuse to flatten a board by hand before sending it through my planer. I sanded down to 220 before assembly. The finish is 5 coats of Waterlox sanding with 320grit between coats after the third coat.

I learned a lot building this table and when I make it’s twin I hope to write a blog on it to share the experience with you all.

Dave M

-- I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way!

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#1 posted 12-04-2010 06:47 AM

And … when you make that blog … I’ll be watching.

Beautiful piece. Great figuring on the cherry. It’s nice to see pieces that wide come into use, these days.

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 12-04-2010 06:56 AM

Nice job Dave.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#3 posted 12-04-2010 10:38 AM

Very nice table. Well done.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#4 posted 12-04-2010 12:08 PM

Im a big fan of the shaker influenced pieces. Nice job

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#5 posted 12-04-2010 02:22 PM

Very ellegant. I look forward to seeing it’s twin.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#6 posted 12-04-2010 02:34 PM

Nice going. I love shaker furniture and you did a wonderful job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 12-04-2010 04:11 PM

Great job, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 12-04-2010 04:29 PM

Nice job on this table. Glad you were finally able to use that piece of wood that has been staring at you. ;-)

I’ll also be on the lookout for your blog on the twin table.

It’s hard to tell from the photo, but did you rip the larger board down and do a 3-piece glue-up? I’m stumped as I just can’t tell from the main photo? How big is the top, by the way?

-- 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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#9 posted 12-04-2010 06:22 PM

Now that would make any Shaker jealous!


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#10 posted 12-04-2010 06:47 PM

Beautiful, shaker table.

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#11 posted 12-04-2010 09:06 PM

Johnathan, the top is 16×24 and is two pieces. I did not want to rip the 11inch wide board as it had some wild grain patterns that would be lost in doing so. Because of that I decided it was worth a shot flattening the board by hand before sending it through the planer.

-- I don't know where I'm going but I'm on my way!

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