Shaker Entry Table

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This is one of my better pieces, made from Cherry in the Shaker style. My wife would like a couple more of these. Finish was Shellac, which is my favorite finish. It has held up suprisingly well for a table. The cherry is darkening nicely.

-- jim

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#1 posted 01-01-2008 01:05 PM

It’s beautiful. I like how the grain continues through the drawers.

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#2 posted 01-01-2008 01:05 PM

a lovely table! I can see why they are in demand :)

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

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#3 posted 01-01-2008 01:17 PM

The grain on the front really is a nice touch. That’s a fine detail that’s easy to forget, but adds so much. Nice job!

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#4 posted 01-01-2008 01:33 PM

That’s a good looking table Jim.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 01-01-2008 03:30 PM

Nice table and good ol’ shellac gives it a very nice look. Nicely done.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 01-01-2008 04:15 PM

Beautiful Table … great finish.

Was this from your own plans or another source. I’m just getting around to trying a little flat work and I’d like to try building a table like yours.


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#7 posted 01-01-2008 05:51 PM

Great job! Elegant in its simplicity.

Believe it or not, I just used shellac for the first time, and I was quite happy with the way it turned out.

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

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#8 posted 01-01-2008 07:18 PM

I’d like a couple too. Very nice, well done.

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

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#9 posted 01-01-2008 07:30 PM

A great looking table. Nice to hear shellac is still in use for furniture. Good job.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#10 posted 01-01-2008 08:52 PM

It is such an elegant and classy design. It demands attention to any room. Great craftsmanship.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 01-01-2008 09:16 PM

Thanks Gravedigger for noticing the front. I probably spent the most time on that. I wanted the continuous pattern, but didn’t know how to do it to preserve the rest. I started out using a Japanese panel cutter to “dig in” to the panel to cut out the center piece, but I kind of botched that up. I ended up with too wide a kerf around the drawer fronts. I called up my friend Yeung Chan for suggestions on what to do. He suggested doing the bead around the drawer faces. This allowed me to close up the kerf and add a nice subtle detail around the front that really adds to the face, I think.
Sometimes our mistakes can turn out to be new revelations.

Looking around here, I know I have a long ways to go in terms of quality and design, but they say it’s the journey :)

-- jim

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#12 posted 01-02-2008 12:14 AM

Jim another way you could do that is cut the top and bottom portion off with as thin a blade as you can get. Then cut the drawers out and glue the top, bottom, and center back in to make it complete. If the grain is more quartersawn then the cut line would be invisable.

A great table. Nice job.

-- 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 01-02-2008 01:55 AM

Very nice, that’s first class work.

-- Billp

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#14 posted 01-02-2008 04:44 AM

More great work Jim. I love pieces that are understatedly elegant and let the wood and craftsmanship speak for themselves. Terrific.

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

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#15 posted 01-03-2008 06:55 PM

Very nice, looks like quality work.

-- Marty Ohio

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