Classic Shaker End Table

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Project by Sergey posted 04-23-2009 02:29 PM 2000 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Classic was done as a class project at Woodcraft store in Twin Cities over Christmas week last year. My 2 brothers sent me a Christmas gift check to pay for this class and I was very grateful for that. In return I took the unassembled project with me from MN to SC when I visited them in early March this year and we assembled it together at their home in Boiling Springs, SC. That is where the pictures were taken at.

The top is mahogany, skirts are maple, and legs are oak. Joinery is done with loose tenons using Festool Domino (classroom had one to use) and glue. The top is attached using figure 8 clips and small screws.

The only extra step in finishing worth mentioning is that I “popped the grain” of maple skirt pieces using TransTint Dark Vintage Maple dye deluted in 1lb shellac as shown on one of The Wood Whisperer’s videos. Or at least I got the idea from that video, now I am somewhat fuzzy on details. The pictures almost show that extra detail. Almost…

And the protective finish I used was Minwax Wipe-On Satin Poly with 0000 steel wool sanding inbetween 5 coats. (I guess I was counting on heavy use and abuse of this table). I then used little bit of furniture wax and buffing pad to give it the final shine.

It was a very rewarding and fairly simple project to complete and I am now ready to build another one for my own use. If only I could find where in the world I put the plans…

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#1 posted 04-23-2009 03:16 PM

Simple in design but looks very nice and presentable.
Great job!

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#2 posted 04-23-2009 03:42 PM

interesting combination of woods. was that your choice or was it part of the class so that you could learn how it feels to work and finish different species?

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#3 posted 04-23-2009 04:03 PM

The wood choices were done by the instructor, same goes for the overall design and joinery choices. The class was geared toward a beginner skill level but I was not offended.

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#4 posted 04-23-2009 04:19 PM

This is a nice piece of furniture. I really enjoy the look of Shaker style pieces and you did well on the construction of this one. You have an interesting combination of woods which work well together.

This is a nice post.

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#5 posted 04-23-2009 05:52 PM

I love shaker thumbs up


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#6 posted 04-24-2009 12:47 AM

Beautifully done. Good job.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#7 posted 04-24-2009 03:03 AM

Ditto what a1Jim said. Shaker simplicity and elegance- beautiful!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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