|Project by ChuckV||posted 08-24-2013 02:52 PM||1104 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
This cherry Shaker pedestal table offered me a few new skills to practice. This is the first piece of furniture I have made that incorporates a spindle made on my recently acquired lathe. The hand-cut sliding dovetails attaching the legs to the pedestal are also a first for me.
I’m happy with how this came out for my first try. In a video about building this table, Roy Underhill says that the secret to getting this piece just right might be to “have your mind free of impure thoughts”. He adds that he is still chasing it after all these years.
There are a few things that I will do differently in the next version. I hope that my experience with the sliding dovetails will help me to get a cleaner fit the next time. I think that the “knob” near the top of the pedestal is a bit too small in diameter. I will try to get the color of the pieces to match better.
I’m a bit confused about the angle of the top of the legs where they attach. I should have noticed this before but did not. I got the dimensions for the table from the book “The American Shakers and Their Furniture” by John G. Shea. The drawing was measured from the original at the Shaker village in Hancock, MA. But for some reason, the drawing of the legs in the book has the angle as I made them. Yet, the photo of the actual piece shows that the angle is much sharper giving a better flow from pedestal to leg.
On the suggestion of a friend from North Bennet Street School, I installed a “spider” on the bottom for added support. Normally, this should only been seen by dogs and drunks.
I bought the spider here:
Here are some photos that I took along the way.
The finish is Danish Oil and some wax.
-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson