Cherry Shaker Sofa Table

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Project by Douglas posted 03-18-2013 11:39 PM 1447 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished my project blog on this build here. If you want to follow along the build.

It’s a skinnier version of the classic shaker hall table. This project held a few firsts for me: hand cut half blind dovetails for the drawers, and tapered legs using a taper jig. The finish is natural Danish oil followed by several coats of 50-50 clear and amber shellac.

It’s my best effort to date, and a gift to my sister for her new house.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 11:46 PM

Nice work on the shaker table. It looks really good.

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#2 posted 03-19-2013 12:26 PM

It looks great and the dovetails look terrific!

-- Logan

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 01:35 PM

Your dovetails look perfect! Good work dczward!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 03-19-2013 01:45 PM

real nice looking table

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#5 posted 03-19-2013 01:49 PM

great job on the table, nice clean lines.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 05:07 PM

Really nice. Love the dovetails! Did you have to plane the cherry?

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#7 posted 03-19-2013 10:20 PM

vanhandler – I planed the chamfers for he top, I planed the end grain on the dovetails to make them flush with the poplar drawer sides, and I planed everything else for smoothness, ... is that what you’re asking?

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#8 posted 03-21-2013 03:27 PM

Beautiful and elegant shaker table! Great build and the dovetails are amazing.

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#9 posted 08-21-2014 03:11 AM

I was blown away by your waste baskets and scouting through your past projects I came upon this very attractive shaker table. After reading that you hand planed all of it I am totally impressed!!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 08-21-2014 03:38 AM

Thanks for the comment exelectrician. This table was, as are all projects, a good learning experience. Apparently, 1.5 years later, the table is still holding up at my sister’s place. Although her huge cat did knock it over once (she’s a 20 lb cat!), and one of the knobs apparently split. It also needs a new coat of paste wax, both of which I’ll fix on my next visit.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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