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This project is a Shaker hall table. I increased the depth of the table over traditional dimensions, because my wife wants to use this in our lounge room to display family photographs. The wood is Jarrah, one of Australia's many beautiful hardwoods.

The construction of the table base is mortise and tenon. The top consists of five lengths of timber biscuit jointed. The breadboard ends of the table top allow the top to expand and contract along a blind mortise with only the centre dowel being glued through the tenon. (The other two dowels are inserted through elongated slots in the tenon to allow the timber to move.)

The finish is shellac and wax. I applied six coats of shellac with a light sanding using fine wet/dry paper, finished off with a great locally made wax which really brings out the beauty of the grain and color of the wood.

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simple elegance. This is beautiful !!!
 

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Interesting top design and more wonderful wood! Wife must be very happy!
 

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Beautiful, a very attractive design.
I love the exotic wood you have down under. You also have a beautiful floor. What kind of wood is it ? My Son works at installing flooring, he would be interested, I'll show it to him.
 

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Dick, it's variously referred to as Tassie Oak, or Vic Ash, or KD (kiln dried). See my comments on the naming of Australian woods here.

This floor was laid when the house was built about fifty years ago. It was under the carpeting and unfinished. When we purchased the home five years ago, we had the carpeting removed (yes incredibly it was the original carpet), the floor sanded and finished with an epoxy finish. My wife and I love it. We have this throughout the entire house which is about 5000 square feet on one level.
 

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Hi Don;
--the Shaker style of traditional woodworking is one that I have always admired and enjoy to look at. Just a short distance from me there is the town of Canterbury, NH which was one of the last of Shaker towns, Canterbury Shaker Village, also www.shakers.org. They also do in the summer time a weekend of Wood Days which many of the local woodworkers and even some of the big names come to and do demonstrations with woodworking habits. Quite fun and also makes for a good way to connect with the public.

Your Shaker table here is very good in appearance and design and goes on to show the handwork of the artist. I also like that use of shellac and polish.

One interesting feature about Shaker woodworking was that the workers always made some flaw in the work just to show that only God did perfect work, which I think is quite amazing in itself.

Thank you Don, for sharing your works of wood art with us and have a veery good day!!!
GODSPEED,
Frank
 

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Very nice design and a wonderful finish! I keep hoping to produce such results someday!

Right now I build a lot of things from plans I find, and sometimes modify them to meet the customer needs. One day I may actually come up with an original design of my own.
 

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Quote Frank: "One interesting feature about Shaker woodworking was that the workers always made some flaw in the work just to show that only God did perfect work, which I think is quite amazing in itself."

Frank, that makes me feel much better. This piece is more authentic than I originally thought (LOL).
 

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Don,I was astonished at the size of your home. Our home is 900 square feet, on 2 floors, on a lot that is only 3750 Square feet. You must have a beautiful home. If we had a home that size in this neck of the woods, we couldn't afford to heat it.
I recently found out that a cousin of mine in Atlanta, GA has a home that's 17,000 square feet. she must use a map to find her way around.
 

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Weird, isn't it, Dick, we are retired, our kids no longer live here, and we have a home larger by twice than any other we have owned. My kids tease us and ask us if this house is our idea of down-sizing. Our lit is not overly large - about 85' wide and 200' deep. One thing I do know - it's a lit of work. Being the handy-man, I commenced a re-painting program last September. First I had to remove old wallpaper, and then all of the work that follows to bring the wall up to a suitable painting surface. I don't mind painting the walls and ceiling, but my dear wife wants the cove molding one colour the ceiling another and the walls a third. Then there's all the skirting boards, architraves and doors. Can you believe it - 16 doors off the main hall alone. If it doesn't kill me before I'm finished, it will look nice when done.
 

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Very nice table!

I have had a similar project in mind for quite some time now just have not got around to starting it yet.

I do like that wood.

Dave.
 

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Great table! that wood is beautiful, makes for a very classy table.
 

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Wow Dick, our first apt. was 900 s.f. perfect for my wife and I, and now after moving to a house twice as big, (requiring a hundred times as much work), and now with one little one… I'd dare say that the Apt (if it had a garage or outbuilding) was just about the perfect size. - Good luck with all the paiting etc, Don, oh, and to get back on track; Great job on the table!

I've been meaning to get up to Canterbury Shaker Village, as they offer some woodworking classes, in addition to the Wood Days… (I've also heard you can get a chocolate cheese in their gift shop)
 

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Holy Cow! The table seems to float, nice work.
 

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very pretty piece … you really do nice work. the wood is awesome color
 

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Really a great table, Don. Sorry I missed it before.
 

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Don this table is very well designed,elegant. Very nice work for sure.
 

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Very nice table… I'm just browsing around to find ideas to meet my wife's need of a Shaker-like under the window table with drawer(s).

I just completed a square Shaker table that my daughter claimed. I'll post it soom. Now the Mrs wants a similar custom table and she liked yours. Hers needs to be short height, long length, narrow depth. Might be a proportional challenge since he she wants drawers too.
 
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