Shaker Side Table

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Project by justgrif posted 10-03-2016 07:11 PM 1391 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lot of firsts here. First Shaker piece, first time working with cherry, first case piece (which means first drawer too), first half-blind dovetails. First time figuring out how to get REALLY sharp with my chisels. There were mistakes, but overall this was a fantastic learning experience. I feel somehow that though I’ve been working with wood for about 4 years now, this project was a milestone of sorts, and I now have vastly more confidence to tackle all sorts of things I would have been a bit sheepish about before. In short, this was my graduation. I feel like I’m working at a slightly higher level now. Looking forward to the next project.

I’m bad about taking progress pics, but I’ve included what I have.

PS: I bought some Lie-Nielsen bevel edge chisels while working on this project and they are a life-changer after my large, kind of clunky Narex ones. I vastly prefer the delicate size and balance on the LNs, not to mention the minimal honing required and edge retention of the A2 steel. I’ll keep the Narex chisels razor sharp so they can perform as backups if my primary chisels get dull and I don’t have time or inclination to resharpen. Woodworking luxury right there.

I also picked up the Veritas Small Plough Plane to cut the grooves for my drawer bottom. What an easy to use, satisfying tool. And fast too. In the time it would take me to set up my table saw with a dado blade, I can have all the drawer parts grooved and ready to go.

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#1 posted 10-03-2016 11:18 PM

You did a great job. It’s cool when you push yourself, learn and have a nice out come. Well done!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 10-04-2016 02:02 AM

Nice job !

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#3 posted 10-04-2016 01:48 PM

very nice

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Charlie Kilian

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#4 posted 10-04-2016 09:44 PM

Chisel tip: Keep your strop by your side. Even with cheap bench chisels, 20 seconds on the strop will hone the chisel’s edge and keep it running like new. You’ll only have to resharpen if you put a nick in the blade.

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#5 posted 10-04-2016 10:27 PM

Indeed. I actually got a strop yesterday for that exact purpose. I want to be as sharp as possible, as long as possible, as easy as possible.

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#6 posted 10-07-2016 12:10 AM

Nice looking table

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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