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Shaker Coffee Table with Two Drawers

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Project by barringerwoodworks posted 211 days ago 1447 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made for my girlfriend over the course of about a year while I worked as a carpenter during the day. Solid cherry with walnut drawer interiors. It was a huge learning experience and became the first piece I now offer on my website with variations available. Dovetails are all hand cut. I’ve done better since and the one I offer for sale has a few changes made to it. For example, the tongue and groove for the breadboard ends is now only 1/4” exposed and has three extended tenons inside (This one just has a 3/4” T&G all the way across with five dowels). Experienced a bit of warping of the top with this one. I didn’t finish/seal the bottom of the tabletop. I think that may be part of the cause. I call it a “Shaker” table but the ornate end aprons say “Early American” or “Country” to me. Maybe someone else can give me some help here. Oh yeah, this was the first table top I planed by hand. Made some rookie mistakes and had some tearout that I wasn’t sure how to handle. So there’s a small indentation in there somewhere. I’ve gotten a lot better since. I leave the top big until planing is done, then cut it to size and I use scrapers to take care of minor tearouts.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com





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Hellough

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#1 posted 211 days ago

Nice work. I’d be good to produce this. Your humility shows your determination. Great job.

-- Learning patience quicker than I am the art of woodworking...

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 211 days ago

Beautiful table, great craftsmanship with the hand tools. The walnut drawers is a unique feature, first time I’ve seen the interior of a drawer darker than the primary wood – different but nice.
You can’t go wrong with Shaker designs, beauty in simplicity.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Lanaug

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#3 posted 211 days ago

looks really nice, what kind of finish did you use?

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ohwoodeye

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#4 posted 211 days ago

Very nice. I do believe I would have gone with straight end aprons instead of the curves for the reason you mention….....it’s a bit of a cross between 2 different contrasting styles. Straight lines on everything except the ends? The dovetails look excellent and the walnut really displays them nicely. Seeing the tendon on the breadboard end is strictly a matter of taste. I think I would have liked it equally the with a hidden tendon as well so don’t sweat it. You have a very nice table here.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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BTimmons

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#5 posted 211 days ago

As others have said, it’s a very good start if you want to make more.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 211 days ago

This table is really nice. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 211 days ago

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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barringerwoodworks

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#8 posted 211 days ago

Wow! Thanks so much for all the positive feedback and kind critique already. New here but I’ve used the forum quite a bit for inspiration and education in the past.

To answer a few questions: as far as the walnut interiors and the fact that they are a darker wood, I think if I did it again I’d choose maple instead. On my website, I offer cherry with walnut interiors (like this one) as an option but I may add maple as an option as well.

The ornate (for Shaker) aprons, I think are consistent with where I’m coming from in terms of style. I think I’m sort of caught between Shaker and American country furniture. I also like Japanese styles a lot and those ideas find their way into my work sometimes as well. I try hard to make it tasteful though.

The finish is a wipe-on oil/urethane mix, semigloss by General Finishes.

Thanks again for the great feedback!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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gsimon

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#9 posted 211 days ago

i don’t mind seeing styles intertwining at all – it’s how a lot of them would have evolved in the first place
I stress a little about it myself but realize it’s best to go with what is most pleasing to the eye
I think this table looks great!

-- Greg Simon

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barringerwoodworks

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#10 posted 211 days ago

Thanks Greg!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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BenI

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#11 posted 210 days ago

Very nice table with great looking dovetails. Great job!

-- Ben from IL

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barringerwoodworks

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#12 posted 210 days ago

Thank you Ben.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA https://barringerwoodworks.squarespace.com

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aussiedave

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#13 posted 210 days ago

Very nice coffee table… I like the Shaker style furniture, you did a great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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joseph000

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#14 posted 207 days ago

Excellent table.For convenient extra storage, a coffee table with drawers may be an ideal option for a living room.Without taking up any extra wall or floor space, a coffee table with drawers provides a great place for storing coffee table extras.This table works wonderfully in the living room.

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