Shaker Scale: Table & Chairs

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Small chairs and long thin table are both grand and efficient at the same time. We sat 16 last Thursday night and had space left over.

Following up on our first Shaker Scale post, we now turn to a beautiful, long dining table and two chairs, all of which are original to this Shaker village begun in 1792...

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Dining Table in two joined wings (32" x 147", 28" high, which is too low!)

The interesting thing about all these designs is that they are definitely SMALL. While the chairs are small, cozy, the table is TOO low for normal 2007 folks knees and they hit the sides. To help out, our friends long ago added wood blocks to raise it up, but it could use another inch or two.

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Small Dining Chair with woven back (37h back x 18h seat, 17w seat front x 14w seat back x 13.5 deep)

The dining chairs are a total favorite. Perfect and comfortable, the small scale allows for many to get tight around the table. Most Shaker chairs that you see nowadays are what they call a #5 (see background), which means they are significantly bigger. We think these would be a #4. Also note the woven back and seat. They did not use the typical checkerboard pattern, but wove a much more interesting off weave pattern.

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Low Webbed Back Rocker (35h seat back x 26d front to back of feet, 17w seat front x 15w seat back x 15deep)

This rocking chair is Sara Kate's favorite. It's really child size, but it will sit you comfortably and rocks like butter.

Good Link: Good Questions: Traditional, Shaker Style Furniture?