Shaker Hall Table - Maple Burl Wood.

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Project by Karson posted 10-23-2009 04:46 AM 11939 views 12 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Mason Dixon Woodworkers in Delmar De, which I’m the current President was planning on a workshop to make a Shaker Table. The cost for members was $65.00 and that included the materials to make the table except for the finishing. The workshop was a 2 day workshop.

The plans were to make the table out of Popular. I opted to use my own wood instead of using the club supplied wood.

I planned to make my table out of some Maple Burl that I had collected a while back. The blog on getting the wood is here.

I wanted to do a bookmatch on the four legs so I invented a way to make all 4 legs bookmatched on the face side of the legs. I posted the posting of that process here.

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I was going to make a hall table and I didn’t want to glue two pieces together so the widest board I had was 11” and it cleaned up to 10 3/4” wide. It would have been nicer to have it wider, but the only wider board was also short. The first board I started to work with was only 9” and it looked great but too small. The board I selected has a void in the back that almost goes through the surface on the other side.

The board started out about 8’ long and I cut it in half and selected the best piece.

The cut off

My piece has a small bark piece on one corner and is about a nickle in size.

The board is Maple Burl with Ambrosia Maple streaks running through the wood.

The aprons on top of the top with the legs off to the side.

The Aprons had a small bead put on the lower edge. Because of the burl I had to use the router table to cut the bead. Other classmates used a hand plane to cut them.

A dry fit with the legs, aprons and top.

The aprons were made from a 7” wide piece that I cut in half on the bandsaw.

The finish is my own made Danish Style Oil. (5th picture) It’s 1/3, mineral Spirits, 1/3 boiled Linseed Oil and 1/3 varnish. I made one cup of finish and I added about 1/2 cap of Japan Drier which makes the oil dry faster and set up overnight.

I soaked it good with about 2/3 of the finish and then 2 hours later put the last 1/3 on the wood. It soaked in and didn’t lay on the surface.

The next day I lightly sanded with 400 grit paper to get rid of all nubs and rough surfaces.

After the light sanding I waxed the surface with Butchers Bowling Alley wax (Clear)

The surface is glass slick and has a satin shine.

My wife said it was too small to be used at the front door so It went to the kitchen and a smaller table ?? went to the hall entry point. (Not my point to ask)

-- 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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#1 posted 10-23-2009 04:50 AM

Holy Cow. That is gorgious. That tree trunk looked cancerous to me but you made a piece of art work out of it. Nice job pal.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#2 posted 10-23-2009 04:51 AM

I certainly looks better than Poplar.
Well made well presented and well documented.. I would expect nothing less.. well done mate.

-- Be safe.

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#3 posted 10-23-2009 05:03 AM


Now that is one beautiful Shaker table!


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

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#4 posted 10-23-2009 05:12 AM

i like it…what else were they gonna do with those trees…make toothpicks?

I love the details you went to with the bookmatching of the legs…you mentioned sanding to 400—-did you presand the boards and then that was the final sand—-or was the wood in good shape and you just needed a light sanding??? (just beginner questions here…)


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#5 posted 10-23-2009 05:13 AM

Hey Karson Great lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 10-23-2009 05:25 AM

Matt: The wood was planed on my Carbide insert tooth spiral planer (Grizzly). It planes with no chipout. The wood was originally about 1 1/8” thick. I planed it down to 15/16 to get rid of all of the chipout from the sawmill blade. I straight line hand sanded with 100 and 180 grit and then random orbital with a 180 grit. The wood had no visible scratch pattern on the surface. With burls (since they are circular) then straight sanding lines are visible, the ROS gets rid of them. So the surface was smooth but there were cotton fibers from the rag that was used to put down the oil. And since it dried with the Japan Drier it was rough in places.

In some cases I could rub with a rag and it would smoothen out and in other cases it required a light touch with the sandpaper. In a couple of places where there was some rough wood I used the wax with the sandpaper to lightly sand the area. The wax filled in some of the area and the sandpaper smoothed it down.

The rougher spots were in some of the wild grain on the legs that I guess I was a little lacking on my earlier sanding.

-- 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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#7 posted 10-23-2009 05:37 AM

Very nice looking table from beautiful marple wood.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 10-23-2009 05:40 AM

Mother Nature at her finest, the grain is a thing of beauty. Nice work Karson thanks for all your effort in posting…Blkcherry

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#9 posted 10-23-2009 06:01 AM

Great looking table! I can’t believe that you didn’t glue those 4 bookmatched legs back together with faces out and then slice 1/8” veneer strips to be applied to an oak leg. That way you could have bookmatched all four legs on four sides! Just thought you might have had all that extra time on your hands-LOL Congrats again on a beautiful table-Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 10-23-2009 06:02 AM

beautiful workmanship and I like the corner with the bark … sweet

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 10-23-2009 06:26 AM

thanks for the detailed response…great work.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 10-23-2009 06:31 AM

It’s just the right size for my entry. I’d be glad to come by and get it out of your way.
Beautiful work and wood.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#13 posted 10-23-2009 06:50 AM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#14 posted 10-23-2009 07:40 AM

nice table great wood super job Karson


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#15 posted 10-23-2009 07:43 AM

That’s a beauty and a “Shakin’” table at that!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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