Shaker Side Table

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Project by Critterman posted 12-21-2007 11:16 PM 1578 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, here is another project. This was a practice piece really…I’d just bought a new hollow chisel mortiser and tenoning jig and was desperate to try it out (you know how it is…lol) Anyway, the mortise and tennons came out great and in the end so did the rest of the table. My first furniture piece, very simple, but it came out well. Very happy with the drawer, except the dovetails. I have a harbour frieight dovetail jig which I’ve had a few years and now officially “hate” the thing. I’d have been much better off learning and cutting my own dovetails. The color came our much more red than my sample, but again just a practice pieceso it was Ok. The top is oak, the bottom is all pine, legs from an old 2×10 I had laying around….got to love what you can do with stains and finish…lol. My son uses it as a bedside table so even the prototypes (as Norm calls them) can be useful.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#1 posted 12-22-2007 12:28 AM

Very nice for just practice. When you do the real thing will I need to pay to see it?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#2 posted 12-22-2007 01:48 AM

abso-lutely stunning! -very nice work! your to hard on yourself – as muh buddy Cronk says – ” only have to please yourself and you don’t have to tell everything your know…”

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#3 posted 12-22-2007 03:26 AM

Good job, looks awsome! I just started my first piece of furniture and it happens to be a night stand. I am going a little wild with it, should be done in a few weeks. I hope it turns out ok. Keep up the good work!

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#4 posted 12-22-2007 06:42 AM

Looks Great! I love simple pieces…. They can be very satisfying for some strange reason :)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 12-22-2007 11:18 AM

Nice looking table – if it comes out usable, then it’s not a practice piece – it’s I meant to do that piece :-))

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

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#6 posted 12-22-2007 12:16 PM

Neic job. If that is your first piece you sure have a lot of potential for future pieces.

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#7 posted 12-22-2007 02:22 PM

Thanks everyone, one of these days I’m going to try a whole bedroom set, but need more shop space first…can’t wait.

Lynnard: Notify me when you post loved to see what you do :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 12-25-2007 05:13 AM

Looks Great! I love the shaker style.

-- Krisztian VA My website:

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#9 posted 05-02-2008 01:10 PM

Nice looking table

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#10 posted 05-03-2008 01:39 AM

I’m with Krisztian on this one!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 05-03-2008 06:56 PM

Jim: A great table and the joints look great. A 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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 05-03-2008 09:17 PM

Thanks guys, I greatly appreciate you kind words…as an update my son has been using the table for a bedside table since it was finished. Still looking good and the drawer goes in and out like silk…I must have done something right…LOL Thanks again.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#13 posted 05-20-2008 05:18 AM

Thats a nice shaker side table.

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#14 posted 12-20-2008 12:14 AM

practice makes perfect : )

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

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