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Shaker table with Garrett Hack inspired inlay

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Project by CoreyM posted 1271 days ago 2128 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little table came from Popular Woodworking magazine. It was called the Simple Shaker Table. I shortened it three inches and added some inlay. It’s made of Cherry, the inlay is curly maple, ebony and holly. I’ve always liked the inlay that Garrett Hack does and this table has some of his influences. Great fun to make and I’ll be making more of them. The most challenging part of the inlay was the tips of the holly, getting that to fit took a bit of patience, but I’m really happy with the way they turned out. The finish is shellac, rubbed out with some wax.

-- Corey





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ugoboy

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#1 posted 1271 days ago

Corey that is an awesome! The accents are perfect. You did a nice job on the inlay’s Have you been practicing this particular inlays? I have been making a Texas Star about 5” in diameter and plan to inlay it into the top of shaker table very similar to yours. Since you only get one chance to do a perfect inlay I want to make sure I do it right. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Did you document your process?

-- ~ Guy Woodward, Pflugerville Texas

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Jonathan

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#2 posted 1271 days ago

Very nicely done Corey.

Looks good now, and I bet once that cherry darkens up a bit, it’ll look even better with the added contrast.

-- 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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CoreyM

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#3 posted 1271 days ago

When I make the inlays, I taper them slightly, maybe 1 or two degrees, so they fit like a cork in the hole I make. I then glue them in place with some diluted white glue, it’s strong enough to hold the inlay in place, but weak enough to pop off easily with a chisel. I then use an exacto knife to trace the outline, pop off the inlay, route the recess as close to the lines as I can, then clean it up with chisels and knifes. After that, it’s just a matter of gluing the inlay in place. I look forward to seeing your Texas star.

-- Corey

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Jonathan

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#4 posted 1271 days ago

Diluted glue instead of turner’s tape… hmmm, will have to try that way too.

-- 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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wseand

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#5 posted 1271 days ago

That is a beautiful piece. I really need to learn more about inlay. It adds so much creativity. Thanks for the tidbits of info on your inlay process.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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woodzy

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#6 posted 1271 days ago

She’s a beauty !

-- Anthony

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tdv

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#7 posted 1269 days ago

Nicely made & very useful

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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WIwoodworker

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#8 posted 1254 days ago

That’s very nice work Corey. The inlays are a nice touch.

-- Allen, Milwaukee, WI

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