Shaker table with bluestone tiles

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Project by maxomatic posted 07-17-2012 01:56 PM 3099 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table using (mostly) the Wood Whisperer plans, with the obvious exception of the top. My mom had brought back some bluestone tiles from a trip and asked me to make her a table with them. Of course I always do what my mom wants.

It’s cherry throughout, except under the tiles in the top is some 1/4” ply. Mortise & tenon joinery, mitered corners on the top. Finished with one coat of shellac (clear coat), followed by 3 coats of Enduro-Var and then a bit of Renaissance wax on the top and drawer front. I put some wax on the tiles too, as they are quite porous. Also, the tiles weren’t all exactly the same size, but I think I disguised that well. If you look closely you can see that they don’t all line up around the outside edge perfectly. I found the knob online, it’s also bluestone.

I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. I shied away from dovetails on the drawers though. I have another one partially made, I may attempt dovetails on that one. That one will also have a solid wood top.

-- I cut it three times and it's STILL too short!

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 03:12 PM

I love the tile top and the table of course. If I may add that a smaller knob would be more eye appealing to the draw front just my two cent over all I really like these style table…thanks for posting BC

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 03:53 PM

Very nice. I like the cherry contrasted by the blue stone. Nice craftsmanship too.
Thanks for showing, I’m sure Mom will like.

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 05:33 PM

Very nice table wonderful choice of wood.

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 06:01 PM

@blackcherry – I agree, the knob should be a bit smaller. I was excited to find a knob made of the same stone as the tiles, it was the only size they made, and in the end the colors are slightly different so I’m not sold on it. Thanks for commenting guys.

-- I cut it three times and it's STILL too short!

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 06:56 PM

I like the tiling that you have done with this piece. It really allows for a sophisticated premier look to this design.

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 03:33 AM

Nice clean lines. Looks good !

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#7 posted 09-23-2012 06:59 PM

I love those tile inserts! Great idea!

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