Short Shiny Shaker Table

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Project by griph0n posted 03-23-2011 08:32 PM 2355 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not really a sister to the other table I made, more of a half sister or cousin. It’s a shorter version of the first shaker table I made.

For some strange reason the first shaker table I made was four or more inches taller than the plan. Go figger. We call the first one “Skinny Legs and All”, the second one “Squaddie”. I kinda like the taller one better, gangly and spindly and odd looking, but this one looks better as a telephone table. Squaddie gets the job done.

Finished with just blonde shellac from flake, no oil at all, no blotching. I think it’s 3 or 4 coats of 1 lb cut or less. I wiped on the shellac with a french polishing pad made from cheesecloth and a cotton rag. The brush left sags and drags and wiping it on with a rag didn’t work too well, the rag couldn’t hold enough shellac and sorta got in the way. The pad left perfect thin coats. Rubbed with steel wool for a satin finish. I may have oiled the top to pop the birdseyes, I can’t remember.

All in all the shellac was a great finish. Fun to make, easy to apply, and absolutely no blotching on the maple, even on the odd little swirls on the side of the leg. I think I like the danish oils feel and look a little better, I’m not too fond of “shiny”, but I’ll do the shellac finish again.

The pictures are with a flash except for the last, it’s got more of the true colour.

Oh ya, used scratch stock for the beads on the drawer front and learned yet another valuable lesson the hard way. Plane the drawer to fit BEFORE you make the beads. The bottom bead practically vanished before my eyes. Either that or I’m going to have to break my habit of oversizing drawer heights.

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 09:27 PM

Love the grain on the top nice tapered legs

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 10:06 PM

Very nice looking table. Love the color of the finish. What a great job.

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#3 posted 03-24-2011 04:39 PM

Great table I just love this kind of wood!

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

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