Saturday, March 8, 2014

Shaker Night Table in Cherry

Gluing up the 16" top

For Julia’s birthday this year I made her a night table from cherry I was given by a local generous soul.  Years ago he had some of his trees milled into boards when he lived in Connecticut. The last remaining few were stacked in his garage and he just wanted to get them out of there. I happily took them and began plans for building.

Dimensioning the legs

It’s rewarding to work from rough splintery boards to the last rubbing out of the finished product. The pine drawer parts are from my property with the exception of the drawer bottom which was recycled from an old floorboard. The finish is three coats of Waterlox original rubbed to satin sheen with Liberon #0000 steel wool.

Chopping all eight mortises

Dimensioning the aprons

Legs turned and apron tenons fitted

Pine drawer sides

Drawer face half blind dovetails

Drawer dry fitted

Ready for glue-up

Final fitting the drawer

Thicknessing and surfacing the top

Making a mess!

Attaching the top with screws from the underside

Completed "in the white"

Complete and in its new home

Questions? Feel free to leave a comment below!


  1. Beautiful! Looks like that was a very satisfying project. I just finished a night stand myself. I was almost sad to see it done, I had so much fun doing it.

  2. Well done! It looks really beautiful. It's such a nice gift.

  3. That looks great Joshua! I know you're a furniture restorer/finisher by trade, but I love when you post a furniture build project. Were the legs turned on your spring pole?

    1. Thanks, Jamie. It is sometimes nice to take a break from work as usual to exercise a different creative muscle and build something new. Yes, the legs were turned on the spring pole lathe but like before sandpaper saved my butt to get a passable final surface.

  4. I don't think I will ever tire of this simple form. Just when I think I have seen this Shaker table too many times I fall in love with it again. Really well done

  5. Thanks, Shannon. Years ago this is about the only style I appreciated much. After steeping in a much broader world of furniture design through my antique restoration practice I am fascinated by other forms more than this now. That being said, I agree. This is a nice form.

  6. It's great when something can stay with you sometimes, rather than go out into the world to a customer.

    Lovely work. I like your swan neck hold fasts, are they old ones?

  7. Hi Richard,

    Thanks! The holdfasts I had a local blacksmith make for me. You can see more here: