Repurposed Cherry Shaker style table

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Project by JamesJMcFadden posted 11-10-2013 02:06 PM 1823 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to make a small cherry table at a bench height for her co worker/long time friends birthday. I started by purchasing the cherry table in the second picture from the local Habitat Restore for $30 just for its wood value. it was rickety and cheaply constructed so I cut it up and fabricated all of the components for the new cherry table after removing the finish. I made a tapering jig out of plywood. The legs are a 3 part glue up that I would not recommend going beyond a 2 part glue up for legs but I forged ahead in the spirit of a repurposed piece. Finish was wipe on poly.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 11-10-2013 02:21 PM

Thats a nice job. I’ve lucked out a couple of times with the Habitat store.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 11-10-2013 04:24 PM

Nice table good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-10-2013 06:46 PM

The father in law gave me a big ol 3” slab of wood (gotta clean it up to be sure but due to weight I am thinking its poplar) that he has had stored in his basement for several years. I was thinking I would try and build him an end table to sit by his favorite chair. I really like the base you came up with and think I will do something simular for it. Nice build sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 11-10-2013 08:41 PM

Great job on the table, and to my eye really nice well proportioned legs. I think your effort was rewarded! I visit our local “Restore” almost weekly. Fortunately it is close by. Great place to shop for wood to repurpose, and a wonderful humanitarian cause.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 12:58 AM

nicely done! How did you cut the mortises at the top of the legs? And are the grooves on the inside of the apron pieces a leftover from the original table, or do they serve a purpose in your new piece?

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 12:56 PM

Nicely done. What are the dimensions as far as leg thickness{from top to bottom} and height? Well proportioned.

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 02:11 PM

It’s clean and neat and nicely done. 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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#8 posted 11-12-2013 04:44 AM

Looks great man

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#9 posted 11-13-2013 04:57 PM

Looks great and solid. Great design and like the tapered legs. Well done!

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