Shaker Sewing Table

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Project by Furnitude posted 03-03-2011 06:16 PM 5391 views 28 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With this table, I challenged myself to try to make something elegant. I had been building lots of big stuff and thought about making a box or something small. Then it occured to me that it would be more of a challenge to build a larger piece of furniture that was still delicate and more elegant. This was inspired by Garret Hack’s version from FWW. It’s made of maple (hard and soft), cherry, pine (drawer sides) and cocobolo for the pulls. I had someone turn them from my design. Someone recently was asking about how much shops space was required to do woodworking. This piece was made about 75% using hand tools in the living room of my former one-bedroom apartment in NYC. For example, I made the tapered legs with a hand saw and a low angle jack plane. When I had to chop the mortices, I went to Central Park, clamped the wood to a park bench and went at it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 06:21 PM

”I challenged myself to try to make something elegant.”

And you succeeded.

It’s beautiful !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 06:33 PM

“woodworking in the Central Park” lol
It’s great effort and gret table too.

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 07:05 PM

Great piece, it is eye catching. Very nice work.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 07:18 PM

Very elegant!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 07:57 PM

Great work, Love the dovetails and color. Very clean lines!

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

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 08:02 PM

The bevels on the underside edges of the table top make this piece in my opinion… and the fact that you did it in your apartment & central park make it really awesome!

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 10:01 PM

What a beautiful creation, and I really like the explanation and story to go with it.

You know, you could become a YouTube sensation: “Central Park Woodworker”.

I bet you raised some eyebrows as you were completing your work in the park!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 12:14 AM

I agree its a wonderful looking project.

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 12:33 AM

Wow, very nice.

-- Doug...

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#10 posted 03-04-2011 12:59 AM

Yes you succeeded in elegance thats for sure, I love the simple lines and contrasting woods, very good job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 03-04-2011 02:27 AM

Divine piece for sure, love the Shaker style…great workmanship. BC

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#12 posted 03-04-2011 03:41 AM

This is a really fantastic piece. I love the proportions. Shaker-inspired furniture is always like a breath of fresh air. The chamfer on the top definitely helps with the “elegance.”

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#13 posted 03-04-2011 03:56 AM

Very nice. I don’t dive in to take a close look at that many of the projects, but this one really caught my eye. Actually made me wish you’d taken higher res pictures for a change, particularly the one of the whole proiject.

Wonderful piece, great story, thanks a bunch for posting.

-- Chris

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#14 posted 03-04-2011 06:07 AM

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 03-04-2011 08:23 AM

impressive build ! especially with all them distractions in the park !

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

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