Walnut shaker table

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Good gosh Chuck, I'm reading along and discover this project is almost a year old and you don't look a day older :D  Beautiful walnut pieces!

And I just gotta ask, does your friend still have your miter saw?

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The loose tenons are a done deal.

The rails were pretty thin at 3/4x3/4. On the top rail, I basically just routed a slot through the rail.

Once the top is on no one will see it.

For the bottom rail, I cut a 5/8 deep groove on the under side so if the drawer is removed you won't see anything from above.

I still have to clip a few more tenons and I will be ready to dry for the base.

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Alright, after a brief lull induced by work, baseball, and family functions I managed to get back out in the shop today. I managed to get a good dry fit done, which required some fine tuning of the joinery. I kind of shuddered looking at the mortises I chopped last year... Given the chance again I might not do them entirely by hand but it was fun at the time.


As a side note, It's the first time I had been listening to an audiobook while in the shop and it was awesome. I don't listen to them normally but I really wanted to hear Nick Offerman (the guy that plays Ron Swanson on Parks & Rec) read his book "Paddle Your Own Canoe".


I think I am going to be doing a whole lot more audiobook listening while I am out there.

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So I made a pretty big blunder during my glue up, and I don't think it's something I am going to fix. When I glued up the sides, the chalk lane had rubbed off of rear apron, so what was left sure looked like R Apron.

That would have been ok if the rear apron and the right apron were the same length. I discovered this when I went to glue the rear apron and the from rails in this morning.

Once there is a top on it, it probably won't be so apparent that's it's horribly out of square, but I will think about it every single time I look at this table.

It's my first real piece of furniture (ie not outdoor, or for the shop)... At least this isn't a mistake I will make again.

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This is looking good, Chuck. Don't beat yourself up about the part mix up, we've all done it. I used to use chalk to mark parts, and I still do; but only during layout. Once my parts are beyond milling, they get marked with a wax pencil so that I don't lose track.


Keep at it, looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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  • 2 weeks later...

Work travel has put a slight cramp on my progress.

In the three days I was home this week, I took a couple minutes to trim up the boards for the panel, edge joint them, and get the panel glued up.

I left my glue up on the kitchen island before I left for the airport his morning so my wife will remember to pull it out of the clamps.

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This project has been mocking me...

I screwed up the first glue up when I was rushing to get stuff out of the ship for Christmas. Basically, the base was more of a rhombus than a square, and I was too pissed off at myself to do anything with it.

Today I cut the aprons where they joined the legs, trimmed everything to an equal length, cleaned up the legs with a block plane and then slapped it back together with the Domino.

It's a far cry from my original intent to use all hand cut joinery, but I need to get this damned thing out of my shop before I toss it on a bonfire.

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