Walnut Shaker Table

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Project by jasondain posted 01-13-2011 10:19 PM 2322 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a shaker table that I built a few years ago from Fine Woodworking “Furniture for around the house”. I decided to change it from Cherry to Walnut as I liked the color a bit more. The tricky parts to this table included dovetailing the drawer, tapering the legs and finishing. I used all hand tools to do the finish work including scrapers and a low angle smoothing plane.

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 10:21 PM

That’s a fantastic looking piece !!!

Looks like you nailed it (no pun intended), too—particularly the DTs !

Favorite-ed. Very nice !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 10:34 PM

Very nice table, i am a huge fan of “Shaker furniture” and this looks great, however i would have used a different drawer pull but thats just me.

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 10:43 PM

“When I have some time” I would like to redo the drawer with half-blind dovetails and replace the knob. I have had the same comment from others. I need to get a more authentic shaker know that is the same kind of wood to make it look better.

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 11:16 PM

I’m a Shaker guy too & appreciate the dimensions. I was surprised to learn that the Shakers often used walnut (my favorite wood) in addition to cherry. 1/2-blinding the drawer & turning a knob might add to your pride in the piece. Either way, it’s a great piece.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 01:43 AM

This would make any Shaker jealous!!

As mentioned about the pull, the shape- to me- looks dead on but maybe a different wood choice.


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

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 11:20 PM

Shade makes legs look thick but actually it’s not.
Nice table.

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#7 posted 02-16-2011 06:32 AM

Perfection. Nice work.

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 06:33 AM

Question… are all 4 sides of each leg tapered, or just two sides?

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 06:23 PM

Only the 2 inside edges of the legs are tapered using a tapering jig on the table saw.

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#10 posted 12-28-2012 05:24 AM

This is a beautiful table.

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#11 posted 12-28-2012 05:37 AM

super looking table.

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