First Shaker Table

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Project by Matt Hegedus posted 05-20-2016 03:13 PM 2058 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this table out of black walnut, harvested near Pittsburgh PA.

Took a while because it was a semi-fresh cut tree and I had to wait for drying after hacking into the 8/4 lumber at every step. The wood was very wet. Thankfully my shop was dry.

Learned a lot of lessons here:

Originally cut 6 legs and 2 bowed so bad I had to nix them. The four I used dried pretty straight. Nothing my block plane couldn’t remedy.

This is my first project w hand-cut dovetails. Shout out to David Barron’s dovetail guide + my Gyokucho dozuki. Felt like I was cheating! They came out near-perfect, although I did manage to swing a little too far with my compact router (the hole is still visible… and I don’t mind at all).

This table has a Garrett Hack-inspired ebony and basswood inlay behind the solid brass knob. First time doing that as well, and turned out pretty slick.

Anyway hope you like it. I named this table “Don’t be a racist.”

PS: I don’t know if people here use snapchat app, but if you want to follow my next project you can add me by searching for the username “matthegeduspimp” I usually broadcast every step of my builds, as I go. And I’ll follow you back! (and watch your videos/snaps) Thanks

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 05-20-2016 03:28 PM

Very nice work.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 05-20-2016 03:29 PM

Very nice work. I like the sapwood. White is alright!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#3 posted 05-20-2016 03:47 PM

nice work

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#4 posted 05-20-2016 05:34 PM

Two wood colour top is beautiful, drawer’s dovetails as well.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 05-20-2016 05:36 PM

Great looking table! Is that a bit of inlay around the drawer knob?

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#6 posted 05-20-2016 06:05 PM

Nice table.

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#7 posted 05-20-2016 06:15 PM

Nice contrast and proportions. Speaking of Garrett Hack’s inlay, supposedly he inlays his name in every piece, in Morse code.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 05-20-2016 07:06 PM

Never mind. I need to read your whole description before I ask questions! Looks great!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#9 posted 05-20-2016 09:20 PM

That turned out really nice, I’m impressed. Is the top bookmatched or a single piece of wood?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 05-20-2016 11:55 PM

Great looking Shaker table! I love that walnut—and the sapwood really adds a nice look to the top!

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

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#11 posted 05-21-2016 01:26 AM

Nice work, made a set of these a few years back out of Birdseye Maple & Tiger Walnut called them Salt and Pepper Shakers…thanks for showing…Blackcherry

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#12 posted 05-21-2016 01:34 AM

Nice contrast and proportions. Speaking of Garrett Hack s inlay, supposedly he inlays his name in every piece, in Morse code.

- Rick M.


Thanks! I saw he did that on at least one piece. There’s a cool video of it somewhere on the vast interwebs. I need to come up with something distinctive for my mark…

That turned out really nice, I m impressed. Is the top bookmatched or a single piece of wood?

Thank you! The top is four pieces of wood. Two pieces of quartersawn (w the sapwood) on the outsides and 2 flatsawn in the middle, which looked kinda cool together. I tried many combinations.

-- From Pittsburgh, PA

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#13 posted 05-21-2016 05:36 PM

Nice work for a ”first” table!
Comming up with a unique mark is a good idea as all artists should identify their work, but, in my opinion, not every piece needs to be marked as it is a lot of extra work.

I marked some of my very first work with a hexadecimal date of my birthday.

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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