Shaker side table

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Project by Allen posted 04-06-2007 02:35 PM 1888 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project from furniture construction classes at U.C. and my first foray into real joinery, learning to cut accurate mortise and tenon joints. The legs and frame are walnut, top is hard maple which replaced the original top I made from Brazillian cherry because it twisted so bad the table top resembled the roof of a pagoda. Finish is three coats of satin wipe-on poly.

One of the main reasons I decided to start the woodworking program at U.C. was that I had read enough books and watched enough video on how to do these things and really needed to have someone who knows their stuff to stand by and watch to say, “Yep, that’s right.” or “Maybe you could try it this way instead.” The first class and making this table gave me exactly what I was looking for and the small class size, while not good for the department, allows more for a mentoring feel than a teacher/class situation.

-- We may never know who let the dogs out, but I'd bet anything PETA was involved.

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Dan Lyke

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#1 posted 04-06-2007 03:37 PM

Dang it, now I’m jealous on several counts… I like your rocking horse better than mine, and I’ve been wanting to get to some furniture in the shaker style with contrasting wood colors, and not only did you get there first, your pieces look really nice!

Good work!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#2 posted 04-06-2007 05:40 PM

Beautiful work! Oh, I wish that there was a woodworking school in my area. I guess that is something you just give up for “rural” living.
Great work, and I know better is yet to come! Keep it up!

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#3 posted 04-06-2007 07:01 PM

Good job.

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#4 posted 04-06-2007 07:18 PM

Nice work. This could be a Thorsen Table challenge project.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#5 posted 04-06-2007 08:49 PM

Great stuff Allen!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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