Curly Maple Shaker Table (two-drawer)

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Project by ajbergren posted 617 days ago 1641 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Finally finished this- it will be a night table for myself, and is the first thing I have made that is primarily for me!

This table was made from a single wide board of curly maple (10/4 stock, eastern soft maple that was 13” wide and 6.5 feet long- and I still have some left!). Secondary wood is curly aspen for drawer sides/bottoms. Top was book matched and the board laid out so the grain wraps around the piece.

Traditional construction: M & T using hand cut tenons, hand cut dovetails, etc. Only hand planes used to surface this (no sandpaper touches wood in my shop!!).

Finish: two coats of BLO and numerous rubbed on blonde shellac.

Any comments welcome, and thanks for looking!!

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#1 posted 617 days ago

Very nice! Great job on the dovetails and the grain is super nice. No sandpaper is quite daunting, but more power to you.

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#2 posted 617 days ago

That is one beautiful table, very nice job.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 617 days ago

Looks immaculate.

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#5 posted 617 days ago

Yes this is one beautiful table and the timber just shimmer to my delight. Great work and thanks for posting…BC

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#6 posted 617 days ago

came out very nice and I love the finish!

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#7 posted 616 days ago

Looks great, power to you for the work with the hand tools!

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#10 posted 587 days ago

Love that curly maple, and that Shaker style. I am working on a 7-drawer Shaker piece as I type. Mine will be out of soft maple and NOT nearly as attractive as yours. Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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