Shaker-ish Side Table

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Project by Ben posted 09-26-2018 08:55 PM 1672 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first dovetails! Plenty of room for improvement, but I’m happy with the end result.

When I started, I intended to build the Shaker Table from the Wood Whisperer Guild. But I had very generous 8/4 leg stock, and I didn’t see a reason to plane it down so far, so the project morphed from there. The front rails and drawer are made per the Shaker Table build, but I just got a Domino so I tried that on the side and back aprons and it worked beautifully.

I also wanted to add a shelf, and that’s held in place with dowels. I found a cool piece of figured walnut for the top and this was also my first time working with epoxy to fill the hole in that knot.

The project is walnut and cherry with Charles Neil’s Blotch Control and Arm-R-Seal semi-gloss. Too glossy for me, but it’s fun to experiment with finishes.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-26-2018 11:43 PM

Definitely a yes, and no Shaker. Mostly the form is a yes, the wood, proportions of the legs, and joinery methods are all “kinda” no’s, but saying “Shaker” has become such a bastardized term, it really is a thought more than a an absolute. It has enough yes looks to qualify, maybe a fat legged Shaker?

Anyhow nice table. and thanks for posting

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#2 posted 09-27-2018 12:01 AM

not sure how anybody could take their eyes off the top to fand flaws anywhere. definitely a winner !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 09-27-2018 12:16 AM

This table caught my eye in its simplicity and execution. Well done.

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#4 posted 09-27-2018 01:02 AM

Looks great. Great color combination and a good look to the design.

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#5 posted 09-27-2018 01:16 AM

”My first dovetails! Plenty of room for improvement”, not really from where I sit, they look pretty good. This is a great table with very beautiful wood figure, very nice work.

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#6 posted 09-27-2018 06:21 AM

From woodworking point of view, it was done very profesionaly…I like those dovetails.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 09-27-2018 01:07 PM


-- “Facts don't care about your feelings.” ..., Ben Shapiro

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#8 posted 09-27-2018 02:12 PM

I like it. Sturdy beats spindly. Nice wood combination.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#9 posted 09-27-2018 04:13 PM

very nice work,call it want you want its beautiful,and as far as your dovetails you nailed it.well done ben.

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#10 posted 09-27-2018 05:56 PM

That’s a very nice looking table.

Well done.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 09-27-2018 06:46 PM

Looks like a nice project. Great looking dovetails.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 09-27-2018 07:58 PM

An heirloom for the future.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#13 posted 09-28-2018 12:57 AM

great work

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#14 posted 09-28-2018 09:17 AM

Great work, love the finish.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 09-28-2018 09:01 PM

Looks great!

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