In teaching furniture, most of the items I work on are samples. They are one-off’s (one of a kind) or single joints. Crafting single dovetail or a tusk tenon as opposed to a box or a table base. There comes a breaking point where you need to build something. And what happens when you need to build something, but don’t have a lot of time to do it in? You go to the Shakers.
Straight, square, and simple with minimal embellishment are some of the hallmarks of shaker design. I guess I could have gone craftsman, but that would have been more parts. I tend to prefer the lighter feel of shaker design to the solid heft of craftsman anyway.
This project started as a 1-day table. I had a day that all of my students were out except for one. I figured that that was an appropriate time to tackle a project like this. As things go, one table turned into two and one day has turned into a few. Considering we started the project with no set plans at 10:30, we did pretty well to have the all of the parts dimensioned (awaiting joinery), and bookmatched tabletops glued up by 4.