Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Shaker Hall Table

When I began working for Woodsmith magazine, about 100 years or so ago, one of their most popular projects was the Shaker Hall Table. It's a fairly common design. The Woodsmith twist on the project was making the mortise and tenon joinery totally on the table saw. Neat.
Well, I'm happy to say the project is still getting a lot of interest among woodworkers. In a recent post over at the Lumber Jocks' woodworking forum, member knothead posted photos of the Shaker Hall Table he recently completed. He built it primarily of cherry, with poplar as the secondary wood. I'd like to see it in person, especially to check out his finish:

[It's] finished with 2 coats of General Seal-a-Cell Clear, burnished with 4 OT steel wool between coats, then there are 6 coats of Arm-r-Seal gloss and finally 2 coats of Arm-r-Seal Semi-gloss. It rubbed out beautifully! Instructions found on David Marks Web Site.
Another photo and discussion at

The Shaker Hall Table plans are available at

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