Blending two Shaker traditions—furniture and sewing—this small stand has a central post, three dovetailed spider legs, a rectangular top, and two underhung drawers that open from either side. The post is turned first, then the legs are dovetailed into it. A central cleat and two side cleats keep the top flat and serve as slides for the two-fronted drawers. A modern feature, in the form of rare-earth magnet drawer stops, ensures that the drawers close in the right place every time.
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Christian unveiled this great piece last July at the Lee-Neilsen open house event in Warren, Maine and I was quite intrigued but he didn't eleborated about it, glad to finally get the details. Checked out all of the Shaker heritage sites to see where his inspiration may have come from and finally ran across a similar one in Canterbury, New Hampshite last fall.