Wood Turning

Shaker Table, ca 1820

The original version of this table was made in a Shaker village in New York State in about 1820. It is quite unusual, especially the shape of the legs (there are many tables like this, usually said to be candle stands; most of the legs are ogee shaped; this shape is, however really beautiful). Made from urban cherry retrieved from waste trees. Lots of flatwork, and lots of turning. Trickiest part is the manually cut dovetails where the legs fit into the central stem. Finished with a few coats of linseed oil. About three weeks. I’m planning to do another with nicer dovetail joints!


Submitted by: Dan Moerman