Pine Shaker End Tables

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Project by empeg9000 posted 06-07-2013 12:13 PM 784 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pair of shaker end table I made out of reclaimed lumber from my old stairs I took out of my home about a year ago. I did all of the joinery by hand and made solid bottom drawers and raised the panels with my hand plane. That was the first time I did that also. The finish is Milk Paint with a water based matte finish and a coat of paste wax. Making drawers was also a first time thing for me along with dove tails. I had practiced a bunch but never done them.

This is the wood I started with

Lots of nails and tacks to pull out

Hand planing the glued up tops

Cutting the tenons on the aprons

Cutting the mortises

Thanks for looking and I learned a ton on this project. I am getting quicker and quicker with hand tools. I am starting to feel proficient. You can see more of the project on my photo blog.

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 12:40 PM

A nice pair of end tables…..if that was a first in making drawers they came out perfect. Great job all round.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 01:17 PM

These are very nice clean tables. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 06-07-2013 01:25 PM

This is high on the Galoot Index for sure, very nice work and great pics of the process. Thanks for posting, enjoy your tables!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 06-07-2013 09:37 PM

Good on you for using reclaimed wood. I love the bottoms of the drawers. I hate when someone just puts plywood there. Nice job.

-- Mark in Va

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#5 posted 06-08-2013 02:39 AM

Thanks everyone. Nikki thanks for the comments on the drawers. The funny thing is that probably took me five minutes tops for both drawer bottoms with my #4. I don’t even think I could have gotten the router set up in that much time.

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#6 posted 06-10-2013 04:54 PM

That’s great recycle to make beautiful end tables from old stairs. Love the design and dovetails. Great job and photos as well.

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