Floating Top Hall Table

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Project by papermate posted 04-30-2014 05:43 AM 3264 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a practice project I made for the Skills Provincial Competition of Alberta, which is May 14 and 15. The project has a “floating top,” cherry inlay in the top, the legs taper on the inside faces, front and back curves are joined to the legs with a haunched mortise and tenon, drawer should run on drawer guides but I didn’t have any so I just used wood and the drawer fits like a glove, runs very smoothly. For the competition I will have to complete this project in 12 hours over two days, 6 hours each day.

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#1 posted 04-30-2014 06:58 AM

Cool design

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#2 posted 04-30-2014 07:34 AM

Great job! fantastc design

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#3 posted 04-30-2014 08:44 AM

Great design and a real beauty! Well done.

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#4 posted 04-30-2014 09:38 AM

That’s beautiful. Well done. I hope you can do it again in 12 hours

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#5 posted 04-30-2014 11:44 AM

Very very nice, really like the table top it looks amazing, beautiful wood choices that really go together so well and great design…..Excellent.

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#6 posted 04-30-2014 11:47 AM

Beautiful table all around – design, and construction. Best of luck in the competition.

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#7 posted 04-30-2014 11:47 AM

Heckuva practice run! Nice.

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#8 posted 04-30-2014 11:57 AM

Very nice and classy look

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#9 posted 04-30-2014 01:27 PM

Looks great, a floating entry table is on my list. I’ve been throwing around a few ideas, I was considering through tenons for the top. Since you have made a great looking piece do you have any advice or issues that surprised you? great job and 12 hrs is great.

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#10 posted 04-30-2014 05:57 PM

Very nice. I sure couldn’t do that in 12 hours.

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#12 posted 04-30-2014 09:21 PM

Thanks. I still have to buy some polyurethane, and spray it to give it that durable gloss finish.

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#13 posted 05-01-2014 02:23 AM

Looks very nice, good luck!

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#14 posted 05-01-2014 02:28 AM

great looking table ,good luck looks like a winner to me

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#15 posted 05-01-2014 05:01 AM

After building this project I have learned some different things. The next one I make like this or any floating top table I would recommend that you put stretchers on both sides of the legs about half way down to make them a bit more stable and less wobbly because of how skinny and long they are with no support, and it being a hall table it’s pretty narrow too. Even though most people don’t put stretchers on the side, I would just to help it be more stable. I wouldn’t build one without a drawer, just adds to it and makes it look better and it gives a place for storage. The inlay in the top really makes the top of the table pop, it’s also pretty easy to do. Through tenons are a great idea, you could have the tenons come through legs and make them flush with the outside of the leg and you could put wedges in the tenon with a contrasting color, it would look really good and it’s a strong joint. This was a really fun project to build. It tested my skills.

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