Shaker pedestal table

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Project by schwingding posted 12-11-2007 03:46 PM 3012 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Shakers didn’t have African Cherry (Makore) available to them, but I do!

I came across about 20 board feet of this incredible figured makore a while back and decided to make a table out of it, as wood like this rarely escapes the veneer factory. What I didn’t know is how allergic I would be to it. One whiff of the dust is enough to make me wheeze, sneeze, cough, and tear up. The dust also give me bad rashes anywhere it touches skin and a little bit of sweat. I won’t work with this again but am glad I toughed it out. This table resides in our home – I can’t possibly sell it. The curved feet aren’t as hard to make as they look. I made a template out of 1/4” mdf, then taped the template to the blanks, rough cut it on the bandsaw, then used a flush trim bit with bearing in the router table to finish them off.

edited to add photo of the top, as requested.

-- Just another woodworker

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#1 posted 12-11-2007 04:17 PM

what beautiful wood… yikes re allergic reaction! I wouldn’t part with it either after that agony.

Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 12-11-2007 04:28 PM

Wow! That is some amazing wood, and you put it to excellent use.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-11-2007 04:39 PM

Scwhing, this is just beautiful. The design, the wood, the woodworking! I’m very impressed.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 12-11-2007 05:21 PM

Really nice! I would like to see a closeup of the top.

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 12-11-2007 05:29 PM

Great table!! Did you do anything special when you finished it to bring the figure out in the wood.
Also are you the same Scwhing that use to post some beautiful turnings on the WOW site?

-- Mike

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#6 posted 12-11-2007 06:10 PM

Wow! This wood is most impressive. You have given it life.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 12-11-2007 07:59 PM

As usual, we can expect only the most masterfully crafted project from you, Schwing. Beautiful.

Don’t touch that desk, looks like lava. Might burn you.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 12-11-2007 08:21 PM

The wood is mindblowingly beautiful. I can only hope to have a lucky find like that in the future.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#9 posted 12-11-2007 10:28 PM

That is some unbelievably beautiful wood! And, a wonderful job of making a table out of it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 12-11-2007 10:30 PM

After reading you write up on Makore wood and the reaction to it I took to the net for a fact finding mission and here the scoop, the dust caused a occupational asthma reaction caused by inhaling and coming into contact with its dust. It will cause skin rashes and if you’re a asthmatic hello inhaler. You can read more by just typing Medical condition with Makore wood in your search engine. Oh by the way the project is a gem!!! Blkcherry

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#11 posted 12-12-2007 03:43 AM

wow…welcome to LJ’s…great stuff…all of it!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 12-12-2007 04:26 AM

Great looking table. Sorry about the allergies. I found out that I’m allergic to Cocobolo and I can sand it anymore.

-- 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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#13 posted 12-12-2007 06:50 PM

That table is gorgeous!
I’ve never worked with Makore wood before, but have heard it
can play havoc with allergies to some (a lot). The beauty of the
wood looks like it is well worth the suffering that accompanies it.

Absolutely beautiful work!

-- Still learning everything

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#14 posted 12-13-2007 06:54 AM

I said it earlier on one of your projects and I’ll say it again (and probably again, and again, and again), your eye for spectacular wood and your ability to maximize it’s potential is just phenominal. Love it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#15 posted 12-14-2007 11:36 PM

Nice piece of furniture. What a beautiful & striking wood that is.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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