Pair of Shaker Tables

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Project by aussiedave posted 06-10-2013 08:12 AM 2830 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My third project was actually a Woodwhisperer Guild build. The shaker tables were done before I was a member but when I joined I had access to past builds. Doing this build really put my learning on a very steep incline. The first pic shows the legs and the mortises I had to cut, plus I also had to make a tapered leg jig. I think I saw that one in either WoodSmith or Fine Woodworking. The pics then go through to the tables being glued and standing, then showing the drawer supports/guides. The next pic shows the fit of the drawer in the carcass; I was really happy with the fit and lack of sideways movement once the drawers were pushed in all the way. I put in a top view pic to show the joinery for those that like to see how things are joined. I built the drawer sides to extend past the end panel so I could shave the ends of the sides down until the drawer fronts were flush with the front rails. Then lastly, a pic of the final product completed with the top on. I think I gave the whole table 6 coats of Minwax wipe-on Poly Satin. The last picture, which I hope shows up under this text, is just to show drawer joinery and the bevelled underside of the tops. I had a lot of trouble with the tops; they bowed in during glue up by about 5mm in the centre across the grain. So I got out the #7 Stanley jointer plane and proceeded to flatten the tops from the centre out. Then I flipped them over to flatten the undersides from the edges to the centre. Even surprised myself – never having done that before or having been shown I managed to get both tops flat on both sides. They were 25mm thick (1” for US Lj’s) and by the time I was finished flattening both sides they came down to 19mm (3/4”).

this is just to show the bevelled underside of the table tops and drawers. I am not much of a hand tool woodworker, I do try but the dovetails were done on the Incra router fence system.

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

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 08:29 AM

Great pair of tables Dave, looks like you have moved into your shed.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 09:16 AM

Looking good mate..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 01:18 PM

Those are some real sweet tables, Dave!! Very delicate looking but very well built. That for the build pictures!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 02:51 PM

Wow, great looking Shaker tables! I have built just one Shaker piece thus far (7-Drawer Lingerie Chest) but love the beauty in the simple Shaker designs.

What really caught my eye is the taper-jig that you used for the legs. Could you PM me with more information regarding this jig? Very interested in this.

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

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#5 posted 06-10-2013 03:36 PM

These are so nice and clean. You did a fine job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 06-10-2013 06:43 PM

Really nice tables! I’ve been eyeballing that fence system, costly.. but do you find it as accurate and easy to use as they state?

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#7 posted 06-10-2013 10:15 PM

Shaker furniture is my favorite type to build…...I’ve done a few pieces for our house, and for a few customers…..”Form follows function”......that’s what the Shakers motto was… Beautiful job on the tables….They look really great…...!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#8 posted 06-11-2013 02:44 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 07-08-2013 06:07 PM

These are beautiful and very clean. They look like they came straight from the gallery. Nice work!

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#10 posted 08-01-2013 12:57 AM

Man Dave, I must live under a rock to have missed these….Beautiful tables!!
Great work on them, I say you have some mad skills , man, mad skills!!!
Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#11 posted 12-10-2013 11:18 PM

Wow, now THAT’S a side table! And made with a few hand tools to boot!

-- Here to learn

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#12 posted 12-11-2013 10:30 PM

Good job and welcome to another Aussie LJ. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. BTW what is the timber??

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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