Shaker table in Cherry

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Project by ryno101 posted 05-25-2012 09:14 PM 3649 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As usual, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Work, family, etc. makes it hard for me to find time in the shop.

Simple shaker style table done in Cherry. I think the overhang on the ends of the top is a little small, but the length of the top was constrained by the size of the lumber I had in the shop. It was the widest I could make it and still get enough out of a single board to do a glue up for the top.

Hand tool work almost exclusively, except for the dimensioning of the rough lumber (and I used a lathe to turn the knob, of course). Hand cut dovetails at the front and back of the drawer, The top is the only piece that was sanded, the rest was done with my smoothing plane and card scrapers.

Finish is shellac as a sanding sealer and wipe on poly. I know it’s not a period accurate finish, but needed the protection, as this will be called into service as a side table for the dining room.

-- Ryno

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 09:44 PM

The proportions are perfect. I really likethe wide dovetails on th drawer. Beautiful piece!
Question…I have never used wipe on poly before….how is it to use? Messy?
Keep up the nice work!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 05-26-2012 02:15 AM

that is wonderful craftsmanship, Excellent job on those dovetails, and that piece is timeless for sure.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 04:14 AM

beautiful work, a pair of these are on my woodworking to-do list. thanks for posting!

-- Drew, Delaware

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 02:03 PM

Now this would make any Shaker jealous!

Like the drawer stop.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 03:29 PM

Beautiful work. I love shaker furniture for its simplicity and high quality. You would do any Shaker proud. The dovetails are terrific.

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#6 posted 05-26-2012 04:03 PM

Spectacular! I love the minimalist dovetailing. I should have put a drawer stop on mine like you did.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 05-26-2012 10:39 PM

Nice table.

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#8 posted 05-27-2012 04:53 AM

Very NICE table!

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#9 posted 05-28-2012 09:39 PM

Thanks for the nice comments!
@alongiron, wipe on poly is my favorite finish… Easy, not messy at all, and allows for many thin coats, often without having to sand between.
The drawer stop was a bit of an afterthought, just a thin piece of scrap with a hole in one end. Easy, functional!

-- Ryno

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#10 posted 05-29-2012 03:28 PM

Looks great Ryno. I love the turned knob. Are they hard to turn Ryno?

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#11 posted 05-29-2012 03:39 PM

A real nice table. Good work.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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