Blackbutt Wedding Shaker Table

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Project by DoctorDan posted 03-06-2010 10:17 PM 5926 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Timber: Coastal Blackbutt, Rosewood details
Finish: Ubeaut 1lb shellac, ~10 coasts of Minwax Wipe on Poly Gloss
Glue: Titebond II
Design: Original

When two of our closest friends got married, I decided to make them a large project. Inspired by Mark Lackley table in FWW I embarked on building my own.

The top was constructed using 3 1/2 continuous hardwood dowel to prevent cupping and slip. The top was flattened using a trusty no 7… over a number of sessions.

The legs shaped on bandsaw and spindle sander. The joinery mortise and tennon with wedges. The breadboards tennon with rose wood dowel.

A number of guys at the wood club were concerned about the short grain section on the curved leg. I agree this is a weakness. However, I have seen shaker benches with much more dramatic and thinner curves. I wonder what your thoughts are on this.

More info can be found at my blog.

-- Daniel -

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 10:27 PM

I’ve never seen an Australian-Black-butt-Shaker-table before so I it would be safe to say this is a totally RARE piece.Very nice. The wood reminds me of Memphis black cherry tree.

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 10:28 PM

Nice work. Can’t really see the grain on the base very well. Are they cut form one piece?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 10:33 PM

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 01:48 AM

Doesnt look to bad to me. I think that would have to have some serious weight on it to really do any damage. Lets hope they dont try to break it in ( if you know what I mean)

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 02:50 AM

Beautiful table and benches. You did a very nice job on them. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#6 posted 03-07-2010 07:08 AM

I really like the idea of a through dowel….. and the legs are very swish. You seem to like the CBB as much as I like working with NGR, PH and SA

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#7 posted 03-24-2010 02:14 PM

Very nice… did a beautiful job on these. Wonderful knowing this project came from the heart, I am sure your friends will cherish it always.


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#8 posted 04-11-2010 05:54 PM

very nice work

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#9 posted 04-11-2010 07:54 PM

Beautiful. From the pictures, the legs look thick enough that you should not have any problems with the legs.

Great work!

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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