Shaker Table

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Project by NewPickeringWdWrkr posted 04-06-2010 12:54 AM 2625 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built as part of the TWW Guild for Woodworkers Fighting Cancer and it’s my first completed project!

The base is ash and top is walnut. Finish is 2 coats wiping poly + a coat of minwax.

Lessons learned: the glue ups on a level, flat surface and find a way to set it down so that a minimum of squaring actions are needed
2.don’t use a hacksaw for cutting dovetails (duh! – I know, but was my best option without making a purchase and I wanted to hand cut).
3.Grain continuity! Although it doesn’t appear to be, the drawer front and the rails are from the same board. Just that the heart/sap wood divided between the drawer front and the bottom rail. I was expecting some flowthrough of the dividing line between the heart/sap wood, but the kerf from the table saw cut that away. Oops! Everything else except the top was pretty much built without consideration to the grain continuity.
4.Wood selection – Ended up with some heart/sap wood mix. Would have liked to taken more time to select my boards at the mill, but still learning how to make those identifications.

Oopsies that I’m not sure about – My lower drawer rail is higher than the bottom of the aprons. Obviously I put my mortises in the wrong place, but haven’t quite arrived at how that happened.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#1 posted 04-06-2010 01:01 AM

Thats the great thing about woodworking; every project is a learning process. The next one will be better and so on.
I have never seen a perfect project. (Actually if you look at your first posts, I’d say that was as close as you’re going to get to perfect.) Congrats….

Your table on the other hand looks quite well for a first attempt.

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#2 posted 04-06-2010 01:08 AM

Nice table and lots of good lessons learned. My guess for your last oops is that the rail is not wide enough. if you would have cut the mortise lower you would have a fairly wide gap between the drawer and the rail. Just glue another piece to the bottom of the rail to match the other aprons and call it design.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#3 posted 04-06-2010 03:56 AM

This is Duane for the TWW video and I think you done a great job and you should be very proud of the fine work here. Keep building and learning and your projects can only get better with time.

-- Duane, Ohio

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#4 posted 04-06-2010 04:04 AM

I think you did a fabulous job, and … for a terrific cause !!!

Great work!

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 04-06-2010 05:39 AM

Thanks to all for your comments.
Jacques – I actually ended up having to cut the drawer front down as it was supposed to be 3 1/2”, but because the rail was too high, it ended up being 2 1/2” ... So although I’m not sure, I’m thinking it was because I mis-measured my mortise layout by 1”.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#7 posted 04-06-2010 02:59 PM

Nice Table !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#8 posted 04-25-2010 12:10 AM

Nice cause and nice table to match ! This past weekend Our family lost a beloved family member to cancer,so I would like to extend a special thank you for helping in the fight. Once again good looking first project !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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