Shaker Side Table, in Walnut

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Project by tsangell posted 975 days ago 1517 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In December, 2011 I built a commission piece – a Shaker side table – for a co-worker to give to his mother as a Christmas gift. The table is black walnut, locally harvested in KS. The drawer is long-leaf pine and poplar. The table was built entirely by hand, by me, using traditional tools and methods. The finish is hand-rubbed linseed oil and wax.


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Jeremy Fugarino

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#1 posted 975 days ago

very nice piece. I like your draw hand made dove tails some day i will gain the skills for such craftsmanship. I was looking at making 2 of those for my bed side tables. Thanks for the post and pics bud

-- " I love the smell of saw dust in the morning"

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#2 posted 975 days ago

Very nice work, simple and clean elegance.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 975 days ago

Classically beautiful !
Love the Shaker designs : )

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

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#4 posted 975 days ago

I like the delicate line of the legs.

-- Bob Costello

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#5 posted 974 days ago

What a fine light piece. The solid drawer bottom is a nice touch (I wish I saw that more often).

How did you do the knob (and is that ebony)?

Thanks for sharing.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 974 days ago

The knob is metal. I tried a few, and this one looked and felt the best. If I had time and the tools, I would have loved to turn a knob.

Turning the oval knob is an interesting idea… I saw Roy Underhill use offset turning to make an oval chisel handle – I suppose you could apply that to this, similar to turning a pad foot. I’ll put that on the list for when I can practice some turning.

This one was a learning experience. It was my 2nd table, 2nd drawer, and 1st commission. I’ve only been into woodworking for a year or so. On top of that, I got sent out of state for 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas for my ‘real’ job, which really put this and other wood projects in a crunch to finish before Christmas!

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#7 posted 974 days ago

Nice to see it all come out right in the end.

I keep staring at the grain for the drawer front. It seems to “want” the knob exactly where it is.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 974 days ago

This looks really nice.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 973 days ago

Love the clean, sharp lines. It’s a really eye-catching piece.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 972 days ago

Very, very nice!
Excellent job

-- Mike

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#11 posted 771 days ago

Very nice lines and proportions. I really like the knob! The long leaf pine secondary wood is nicely chosen and the dovetails are well executed. Keep the good work coming!

Thanks for your thoughtful comments about my pedestal table.
Chuck Brock

-- Charles Brock

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