Shaker pedestal table made with hand tools

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Project by Scott posted 03-28-2012 10:11 PM 3029 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first furniture project, made with hand tools only, in cherry. I used a jig as you can see in the pictures to hold the pedestal while I carved it from square to round. You can use wedges to keep it from moving in the jig as you work on it. Then cut the curved profile into the square block. Then take it to 8 sides then to 16 sides.

I carved sliding dovetails for the feet. There is a cross support underneath the table top which is wedged to the pedestal, then the top is screwed to the cross piece from underneath.

Finished with BLO.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 03-28-2012 11:02 PM

Excellent job looks like top notch work.

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 11:04 PM

Absolutely beautiful. I love anything Shaker. This table is a classic. I’ve seen many over the years, but all have been done on the lathe. Your’s is the first stricktly with hand tools that I’ve seen. You are indeed a Shaker Craftsman. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful table.


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#3 posted 03-29-2012 01:21 AM

That is a simply elegant table. Your craftsmanship is impressive.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 02:28 AM

very impressive job. Are the feet dovetailed in?

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 02:32 AM

Thanks all for the comments. Yes, I carved sliding dovetails, which was challenging, but it turned out nicely.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 02:38 AM

Fantastic Job! I am inspired.

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#7 posted 03-29-2012 04:16 AM

Very nice work. Roy would be proud of you!

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 10:14 PM

Great pictures, impressive hand work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 03-30-2012 12:44 AM

Yeah, that’s great work. When I first read the title, I thought “The pedestal wasn’t done with hand tools!” . You proved that wrong. It is a great looking table, on my list of projects to do. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 03-31-2012 09:01 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 03-31-2012 10:50 AM

This is a beautiful piece of furniture.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 12-04-2015 09:27 AM

Beauty of hand over machine.
Perfect jig.

-- shuja

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#13 posted 12-04-2015 11:59 AM

Thanks! Yes sliding dovetails for the feet, which took some time to make them fit.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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