Curly Maple Shaker Table (two-drawer)

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Project by ajbergren posted 11-01-2012 10:10 PM 2784 views 8 times favorited 11 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 11-01-2012 10:43 PM

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 11-01-2012 11:58 PM

That is one beautiful table, very nice job.

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

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#3 posted 11-02-2012 02:05 AM

Looks immaculate.

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#4 posted 11-02-2012 12:49 PM


-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#5 posted 11-02-2012 02:01 PM

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 11-02-2012 06:22 PM

came out very nice and I love the finish!

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#7 posted 11-02-2012 10:08 PM

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

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#8 posted 11-03-2012 01:14 PM


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#10 posted 12-02-2012 02:49 PM

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!

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#11 posted 07-30-2016 11:42 AM

I love shaker furniture and you have done a beautiful job on this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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