Ash and Birch Shaker Table

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Project by Tkf posted 178 days ago 1018 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to build a project for my Cabinetmaking course and a table drilled into my head. I had the choice of using birch, oak or ash. I love ash’s grain pattern but the boards weren’t wide enough for the top of the table and I didn’t want to laminate several 4” strips. Skipping the oak, I searched through the birch stock and found a 6”” wide by 8’board that was all heartwood. Milling it up and lucked out with some curl. This was going into my project.

The table design was really on site thinking, I was “winging it” as they say. I work better spontaneously than having confusing plans in front of me. I wished I sprayed some pre-cat lacquer instead of using an oil based varnish. I have a lot of experience spraying, than I have with hand applied finishes.

Materials – Ash and curly Birch heartwood.

Dimensions – 26” tall, top is 11 1/4” wide and 22.5” long

Construction – Butt joints to attach the legs and aprons reinforced with screws.

Details: Plugged screw holes with the contrasting wood species that provides an eye for detail. The tapered legs, brings some curve to a simple table. All the edges are rounded over with a ¼” radius bit. The top is attached with cabinet maker’s buttons.

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#1 posted 178 days ago

Beautiful wood! Legs are a little thick/wide for the table size but I’d put it in my home or office ANY DAY!

-- Tim Harrelson

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Glen Peterson

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#2 posted 178 days ago

The chatoyance of the top is spectacular. What grade did you achieve?

-- Glen

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#3 posted 178 days ago

Beautiful job, beautiful table, great joinery and plugging… and the grain is amazing..
Hope you got good grade from school…

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#4 posted 178 days ago

You did a wonderful job on this table, looks amazing, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#5 posted 178 days ago

This table turned out beautifully. Nice work.

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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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 178 days ago

Great job with beautiful wood

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#7 posted 178 days ago

Very nicely done, great looking wood.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#8 posted 174 days ago

Wonderful table! Awesome design and build. The woods are really attractive especially the top. Excellent job!

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