Predominantly Shopsmith-Built Shaker-Style Candle Stand Table from a single 2X4

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Blog entry by MrGrowthRings posted 06-07-2015 11:22 PM 2104 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Though I was traveling on business most of the month of May and only had a couple hours to spend in my shop, I had psyched myself up to participate in the 3rd Annual Summers Woodworking 2X4 contest and for the most part am happy that I did. I bet that I almost spent as much time sorting through 2X4’s at the several local Lowes and Home Depots and purchases a half dozen of them before locating my “White Whale”. It was an absolutely perfect specimen and will be the 2X4 that all other 2X4’s will be measured against for years to come. The problems started when I realized that about half of the videos that I shot of the build (A requirement for the contest) were either bad due to poor lighting or even worse, I forgot to hit the record button and didn’t notice until after completing that stage of the construction. So, at 9:30pm on Friday night; just two days away from the deadline, I found myself back at both Lowes and Home Depot trying to find a second a White Whale! It didn’t happen and I wound-up using one of my back-up 2X4s. It had plenty of pin-knots but otherwise was OK. Even as I filmed each step for a second time I had another camera fail as I was routing the dovetail slots in the post, so you’ll see me routing a second set of slots into the opposing end of the post from my first attempt, just so I could show that step in the process.

Here’s the video of my entry:

It was also only after I glued the legs onto the post that I noticed that I didn’t reduce the top end of the post enough. For proper scale the thinnest portion of the post should be near the top, but unfortunately the thinnest part of my post is just above the legs. Oh well. I’m sure everyone who entered had similar challenges.

My table was built using mostly my Shopsmith Mark V and a few of it’s accessories. In fact, it required all of the basic five functions: The tablesaw, the disc sander, the drill press, the horizontal boring machine, and the lathe. On top of that I used a Shopsmith bandsaw and jointer as well.

As for the contest, there were several projects submitted that I felt deserved to place ahead of mine, but the entire selection and announcing process was surprisingly unorganized for a third-year event. Next time I would love to see them select the top choices and announce their prizes, and rather than use a random generator as they did, put everyone’s name on slips of paper and draw names for the remaining prizes. If they want to make sure that people get a prize that they prefer they could have a different “hat” for each prize, and the entrants could select which prize they would like to win in advance and their name would only go into that hat. The way it was done was in a Youtube Live event, that the entrants were required to attend to win, and the process lasted for three grueling hours!

Also, why not have winners in several categories? Cabinets are so different than bowls, which are different than toys, which are different than board games. If they were to create categories then the secondary prizes could be targeted to people with those particular interests. Scrollsaw blades are an excellent prize for a toymaker, while a circular saw guide would likely not be.

If this process doesn’t change I imagine that many of the folks who entered and some of the sponsors will sit-out future contests; and that would be a shame.

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#1 posted 06-08-2015 01:51 AM

Thats a sweet Shaker table, and amazing it came out if a 2 X 4. I dont know what comment was made about the Shopsmith, but Ive got to say it didnt make your design and build come out so great, it was the corncob pipe that did the trick. Nice video.

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#2 posted 06-08-2015 03:30 PM

Thanks Oldtool. Yeah, the cob has my ever-present partner in the shop for many years. Actually, more years than the Shopsmith, and we’ve been working together since ‘87! Thanks for watching and commenting. Scott

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#3 posted 06-08-2015 09:06 PM

Well done! A great looking table out of one 2×4!

I haven’t had much luck with pine before, either. The wood is usually damp, and the resins are a pain to deal with. You may have been better off with fir. Probably should have stickered them for a couple of days after re-sawing, but that can wait ‘til the next project.

I enjoyed the video, and especially liked your using the voice-over, instead of recording the audio while you worked. It was much easier to understand you, the acoustics were much better than the usual shop video, and I know what a saw sounds like—it’s much easier to concentrate on the techniques, without the noise!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 06-09-2015 08:07 PM

I enjoyed the video, and especially liked your using the voice-over…
- Mean_Dean

Thanks Dean! I’m getting very picky with the videos that I watch on YT and if I can click ahead 10 minutes and the presenter is still standing in the same spot talking I don’t even watch. At 52 you’d think I’d have a greater attention span than my dog, but it just ain’t so!

Thanks for watching and thank you for the comment. Scott

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