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Project by Mike posted 07-13-2012 03:06 AM 1471 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a Shaker table I just finished. I picked up a beautifully figured board and ended up with just enough to make the table top and drawer front out of it. The legs and aprons are straight grained Cherry, with hard maple drawer sides. The table will be going in my living room, so I wanted a nice big drawer for remotes and such.





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 08:03 AM

Great table and some really great looking wood! Nice job highlighting the grain and finish.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Gator

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 11:28 AM

I love cherry, and you have done a great job of showcasing the grain in this wood.. and not to shabby on the build either. Would love to see it again in about a year.
Very well done !!

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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KnotCurser

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 11:35 AM

Great looking table. The form is well balanced and the legs match the cabinet in size nicely.

I love cherry as well – this table will darken quite wonderfully I am guessing!

Nice Build!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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workerinwood

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 01:05 PM

Beautiful, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Bertha

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 01:07 PM

Absolutely wonderful. I made a similar one and I like yours much better. I think it’s the dimensions and the choice of clear legs and figured top/drawer front. I really like it.

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

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TexasJim

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#6 posted 07-13-2012 03:46 PM

You are absolutely right about that figured cherry – beautiful. Great job on the table – classic.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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Eric

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#7 posted 07-13-2012 11:19 PM

Looks like you used pocket screws to attach the drawer front. How’d you line that up with pocket screws to get such a nice even gap around the drawer when closed?

-- Eric

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 02:15 AM

That top is so sweet ! Nice table overall , including the knob choice : )

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

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#9 posted 07-14-2012 03:03 AM

Top notch, the cherry is amazing.

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MonteCristo

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#10 posted 07-14-2012 04:26 AM

Very nice table, clean lines. If those really are pocket screw holes, I must say that seems a very peculiar choice for attachment of the drawer front. Seems out of keeping with the quality of the piece otherwise.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#11 posted 07-14-2012 04:32 AM

Super looking table,great job.

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Mike

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#12 posted 07-14-2012 02:51 PM

Thankyou everyone for your kind compliments! Yes, I’m proud of this table. I made it for the TV room where it’ll get banged up and used hard…I almost dont want to put it int here now. I have to keep telling myself, that’s what I made it for! I’m going to keep checking the Hardwood Supplier that I go to see if I can find more boards with this kind of figure. This is my first time working with Cherry and I have to say it’s a really nice wood to work with.

Hi Eric, yes those are pocket hole screws. I find as long as you clamp everything tight, you can set the screws and everything holds nicely. I always use glue as well, and find glue and screws to make an extremely strong holding joint for this purpose.

MonteCristo, I don’t really know any other joinery for attaching a drawer front, and am fine with pocket hole screws. I kind of like them. I even use different wood plugs to draw attention to them. For instance, it’s a cherry piece so I used maple drawer sides with cherry pocket hole plugs. I’m still a beginner so someday when I’ve mastered a nice dovetail, or have a lock miter bit for my router I may make a new drawer, it would be easy to unscrew and heat to salvage the front but who knows. For now I’m good :)

Thanks again everyone.

Mike

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MonteCristo

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#13 posted 07-15-2012 05:06 AM

Hi Mike:

One step at a time for sure. One joint that doesn’t require special tooling (although that can facilitate it’s cutting) is a finger joint. Not as strong as a dovetail mechanically but with all the long grain to long grain contact and a good glue, it’s basically indestructable. Can be cut with a simple jig just using a table saw. If you want to hide the fingers just use a backing board behind the drawer front . . . i did this on project

“http://lumberjocks.com/projects/67252” see picture #2

Dovetails are historically significant because in days of old they didn’t have the adhesives we have today and dovetails had mechanical strength (but only in 1 direction). Some will claim otherwise but in real terms dovetails are often not necessary and are now simply a sign of ability to cut a difficult joint. Also they look nice. A finger joint is basically just as good most times.

I commented on the pocket screws partly because without glue they aren’t all that strong but mostly because most people look on them as a “quick and dirty” approach. May not be always fair but, just like dovetails, sometimes it pays to play along with what others think . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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woodrookieII

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#14 posted 07-15-2012 11:23 PM

You did a beautiful job with this table. The design is simple, yet elegant. The wood choice is superb. Excellent use of the grain! I also like the use of pocket holes and the contrasting plugs.

Very nicely done.

....rookieII

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MaroonGoon

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#15 posted 07-17-2013 07:11 PM

Great job on the table. That figured cherry is beautiful. Some people dont like pocket screws but the way you covered them up is actually a nice touch. It definitely gives a different character to the drawers appearance.

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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