Shaker Table and Chair

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Project by JohnnyB posted 05-21-2013 at 06:54 PM 1005 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The chair is beech, and the table is beech, poplar, and silver maple. The beech is finished with wax only. The table is painted with milk paint with wax over. I adapted the table from Ejner Handberg’s book of measured Shaker furniture. The chair is in the style of the Shaker community at Enfield, New Hampshire, using Kerry Pierce’s plan. The drop leaf allows the table to be moved closer to the wall when not in use. My wife will be using these for sewing.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 at 06:55 PM

Very nice work.

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 at 06:59 PM

This is an excellent project, well done.

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 at 07:06 PM

Great job!!! Excellent project!

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 at 07:32 PM

Very good looking

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 at 09:11 PM

Great work!

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 at 01:56 AM

Beautiful work and a stunning result Johnny! I love the milk paint too. We have an almost identical traditional chair design which originated here in our district (SW Norway), and though very slim and lightweight they are rock solid, as I am sure, your’s is.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 at 03:41 AM

Great pieces. I love the shaker style, I’ve been trying to reproduce several pieces that I saw in Enfield.

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 at 03:44 AM

Wow, beautiful work!

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 at 05:37 AM

I have flipped through that book many times. This set fits together in a very elegant and understated way. That is hard to pull off.

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 at 06:35 AM

These are nice and clean. Youve done a great job on these.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 05-22-2013 at 06:54 AM

nice job

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#12 posted 05-23-2013 at 02:33 AM

Clean, nice work, my favorite style, your craftsmanship is the style! compliments!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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