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Thread: Shaker Sofa Table in cherry - Finished!

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    Shaker Sofa Table in cherry - Finished!

    A couple of years ago a local investing firm hired me to build a table to hold a large screen TV for their office. They wanted simple/elegant style and that, to me, meant Shaker. A few weeks later they had it in their office and they were very pleased. So much so, I guess, that they contacted me two weeks ago to build another, but this time with a drawer. (The first table was to have a drawer - even stated life with one - but I dropped the idea before completion.)

    The table will be a mate to this one
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    Work began today with the initial milling. Legs and tops are milled, but the apron, not so much. When I purchased the lumber I trusted my eyes instead of my tape measure and got a board that, with a little wane on one side turned out to be too narrow once the sapwood and wane were removed. Live and learn. Luckily I will be driving right past Woodcraft tomorrow on the way back from a lunch with some friends.

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    Last edited by Rennie Heuer; 04-09-2014 at 06:42 PM.
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    Looks like fun Rennie. Ah, the joy of going back to the yard to try to find a piece of cherry or walnut that matches what you already have. I love the wide range of colors that these woods have until I need to find a piece that matches something I bought a year ago .
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    I've made 3 or 4 just like that. I'm really partial to Shaker.

    Looking forward to seeing your build.
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    I did one too, for my wife, last week.



    I had an old piece of veneer that wanted to be a table top. Only one piece so no bookmatch, but the two ends look okay together

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    I like rustic and I like simple. These two tables certainly zero in on the second part of that statement. With the right ratios of sizes and some beautiful wood simple is hard to beat.

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    Shaker Sofa Table in cherry

    After being distracted by a few other projects in the shop I was able to finish the milling for the table and do the glue up for the top. I should have time today to rough-cut everything to size and taper the legs.
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    that's some pretty nicely figured cherry
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    Shaker Sofa Table in cherry

    Been working on this in the background for the last few days. Managed to get all of the mortises and tenons done and did assembly of the legs and apron this morning. This afternoon or tomorrow I will get started on finishing up the top.
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    rennie, did you cut and splice the apron to get the tight fit of your drawer frnt or is it a over lay front?
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    Shaker Sofa Table in cherry

    Cut and splice. Full inset.
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