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    Shaker Side Table

    Hello and good evening!

    I have recently started my first piece of what will be furniture hopefully. It's a shaker side table with one drawer. It will be made entirely of quarter sawn white oak except for the poplar drawer bottom. I hope to have it completed in the near future. I just thought I'd share these photos.

    Everything so far's been hand done. The only thing not done by hand was dimension the boards from rough lumber.

    Today I used the stanley no. 45 to cut a 3/8" bead around the bottom edge of the case sides and front bottom stretcher. I've never used the no. 45 for this so I practiced a few times before I did the actual ones. I think they turned out alright but I need to clean them up. This is as they are right off the 45. I'll probably be card scraping them when the time comes. I am happy with them even if they don't match up perfectly. Now that I've done this I can start cutting the case sides to length and begin the tenons.

    This is my first big at home project and I'm learning a lot and doing a lot of new processes and wood joints.




    This will eventually be the drawer front.







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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Looks like your doing fine. Keep it up.
    Nothing beats a try but a failure, failure is an opportunity to learn.
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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Good looking wood, should make a great table.
    Measure twice... cut once... SCREAM LOUDLY... get another board

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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Nice start. Enjoy watching your progress.

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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Excellent. I also look forward to watching your progress.

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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    I love everything Shaker! Looking forward to progress pic's. I once had the opportunity to visit the Shaker village near Pittsfield, MA. The fingernail scratches in the cement at the gate, are probably still quite visible; they had to drag me out at closing time.
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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    I've been working and I've got the big tenons done and a couple mortises done.

    I don't have a tenon saw so I just made 4 cuts down to depth and chiseled most of the waste, then came in with a small rabbet plane to clean it up.





    I was just chopping these mortises earlier.





    I'll keep on working and update when I get a little done.

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    Update: case goes together and I just set the boards that will become the top on it. Still need to install drawer slides, tongue and groove the top, and make the drawer, and turn the knob, and taper the legs as well.

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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Quote Originally Posted by Jak3 View Post
    ....t. Still need to install drawer slides, tongue and groove the top, and make the drawer, and turn the knob, and taper the legs as well.
    Ok I get the using hand tools, but tongue and groove the top? Why? Why not simply edge glue?
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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Looks great and man, I love that quarter sawn Oak!

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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Jacob,
    Looking good!
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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    You're off to a nice start Jacob.

    Looking at the pic of the case carcasse without the top, why are the side aprons taller than the legs and back apron? A floating top perhaps?

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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry W View Post
    Ok I get the using hand tools, but tongue and groove the top? Why? Why not simply edge glue?
    Well I guess it isn't necessary but I'm sort of going off the plans made my James Wright from the Wood by Wright YouTube channel. He originally built the whole thing without any glue. So what he did was tongue and groove the boards for the top and then used a bowtie key to help keep them together.

    I plan on using glue though. I just thought I'd do it because I have the plane and I've never done it before so may as well try.

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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    You're off to a nice start Jacob.

    Looking at the pic of the case carcasse without the top, why are the side aprons taller than the legs and back apron? A floating top perhaps?
    They will eventually be sliding dovetails to attach the top.

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    Re: Shaker Side Table

    Jacob, not only is the table looking very, very good, but you are really giving yourself some woodworking challenges: tongue & groove joinery; sliding dovetails. Wow! I know you're still young, but at the rate you're going you will be a master someday.

    Now a question. In one of the pics it appears the tenons are much longer than the depth of the mortises. Is this just an illusion, or did you cut the tenons to length later? At first I thought they were going to be through tenons, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

    Also, I like the beading on the bottom of your side/back rails. This was not always an element of Shaker furniture. Some considered it "ornamentation" and therefore not allowed. Others considered it functional to keep the sharp edges from getting damaged.
    I'll gladly tell you how I do something. Just please don't confuse that with the right way to do it, and almost certainly not the only way.


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