Dan and Karson's Shaker Class Table

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Project by Karson posted 11-18-2006 10:41 PM 4306 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Mason – Dixon Woodworkers club tries to have a project class every couple of months. The November class was making a Shaker table. I signed up and then I thought that I’d take my son Dan along so he could see some woodworking in action. I thought that it would be easier for a stranger to show him something other than his Dad. Because children always know more than their parents, but they are willing to learn something new from strangers.

When we got there they didn’t have enough wood for all of the students, so one of the other students gave their wood to Dan so that he could actually make the table. I took my own Cherry lumber. Dan’s table was made out of white pine.

The class was held on two Sat. and these are our assembled tables – minus finishing. Dan is screwing on the top to the table. And Dan showing off his table to his mother

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 11-19-2006 02:22 AM

Geat story,
I think you now have a woodworking buddy for life.

He looks like he’s enjoying it. Give him a pat on the back for me.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 11-19-2006 03:25 AM

Thanks Dick. I hope that some of my children take up woodworking. Two son-in-laws seem to be so inclined.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 11-19-2006 07:09 AM

They look great – of course I built a similar one in maple – so after the experience, these tables resonate with me. I based mine on one my wife and I found in a catalog – though I took some creative liberties. Sometimes, I built mine smaller, rather than the 3×3’ one that challenges us with the furniture arrangement.

Please show us what they look like once they’re finished. I’m always interested to see how striking, or subtle, the differences in wood and finish can be.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 05-16-2007 08:04 AM

I like these tables a lot. I love simple but elegant work. I also want to thank you because I am working on a drawing for a mission style side table. I bevelled the ends and tappered the legs a bit to take some of the weight off and I see you bevelled all four sides…I think I’ll take some of that…thank you. You have very nice work.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#5 posted 05-17-2007 03:27 AM

I hope your son sticks with it, because you can teach him so much. The tables look great!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 05-17-2007 06:39 AM

Wonderful table(s) and a great set of legs Karson. Thanks for sharing.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 05-17-2007 07:12 AM

Very nice lines.

-- John

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#8 posted 05-17-2007 03:51 PM


The legs were only tapered on two sides. The inside corner was straight on all 4 legs.. The two taper sides were the ourside surfaces.

They were tapered from 1 1/2” at the aprons to 1” at the bottom. The taper started below the aprons.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 10-02-2007 01:48 AM

Hello Karson,

It’s a wonderful thing that you’ve done, spending time with Dan in such a manner.
I hope that you two guys spend countless hours together in the shop working away, discussing things and generally hanging out as father and son.

I turned 50 this year and I have nothing but fond memories of myself and my dad working away on many, many projects…..................................just being, father and son.

Hold onto these moments, they go quick.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#10 posted 10-04-2007 12:17 AM

Nice! I hope to have the same sort of memories in the shop with my kids. My son wants to be down there, but is too small to do anything but play. My daughter lost her interest a few months ago. I’m trying to get her going with the lathe, but she’s into girly girl things. Those are great tables!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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