Another Shaker Side Table

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Project by Kaelin Quigley posted 09-13-2019 12:48 AM 557 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found some nice kinda curl chair and made another table using the same joinery and jigs I used in previous projects. I think I made the legs way too wide though. The dramatic taper looks best. I decided to throw a purple heart stringer in the middle at the last minute and it’s definitely not centered. The shellac was very blotchy, one of the things I hate about it. This was my first time putting a bevel on a table top so I just went steep and all the way through, next time I think I’ll avoid that.

-- Kaelin, Juneau Alaska

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#1 posted 09-13-2019 12:59 AM

A very sharp looking table. Well done.

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#2 posted 09-13-2019 06:15 AM

I think your table looks great. The legs look perfect, and the racing stripe offcenter makes your piece more original!

With shellac, the great thing is you can fix it easily.
Things you could try/experiment with:
Thin your cut more with alcohol
If you use a brush to apply, try a very wide brush, keep a wet edge, and dont go back into your run once its down.
Or, you could try one of those foam type applicators, wider the better
Or, you could use a pad similar to what they use when french polishing, I just use a cotton rag with cotton balls wadded up inside.
Or, you can buff the finish out with very fine steelwool and polishing wax, but here you have to be careful and build up a fairly heavy shellac base first.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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#3 posted 09-13-2019 04:42 PM

Very nice table, Kaelin! Nice work on the legs too. I don’t think they are too wide. I made a 24×30 table and used 1 5/8” legs and I think they should have been wider.

I had been looking for wax free shellac and never could find it. Then I went looking for sanding sealer and that is the wax free shellac. I put it on with a bristle brush and then use poly over the top – wipe or foam brush. One time I used 2 coats of shellac and then went to sand that second coat with dry paper and it gummed it all up. So now I always wet sand the shellac and wash the surface and dry it for the poly and I have had real good luck with that. I wet sand the poly too instead of using steel wool.

Cheers, Jim

Keep on catching those salmon!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 09-13-2019 06:23 PM

The best Shellac is the one you make yourself from defaced shellac flakes.
Easy, inexpensive and a better finish from a better product.
Shellac flakes are readily available.

Nice looking work on the table.

-- Gary, Florida

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