Hall Table - Wedding Gift

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 09-15-2009 04:34 PM 3099 views 15 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all!
I made this table as a gift for my sister and her new hubby for their wedding. It was very well received.

For the top I chose a very nice piece of QS Bubinga. Not quite waterfall figure, but very nice none the less. It is a single board a hair under 13” wide. I would have like the top to be a bit longer on this table, but that board was the nicest I could find and my board streching machine went down so it is the length it is. :)
I ran the top board thru my Dewalt 735 on the low feed rate (higher cuts per inch) and had very good results. I was a bit worried about tear out with the figure, but got NONE. I love that planer. I touched it up a bit with a smoother hand plane and then sanded to 400 grit. The finish on the top is several coats of shellac sealer, followed by about 6 coats of WB Poly (General Finishes product). It was sanded up to 1500 grit before applying a good quality paste wax and polishing with a power polisher.

The base is made from QS African Mahogany (Khaya Sp.) I loved the chattoyance in the 2 boards I used. The 4 curved aprons were cut from a single board, and the legs and top supports were cut from another. It took me many sketches and a few alterations on a full scale drawing to get the leg curves right. They are about 3 1/4” at the widest point, and a full 1 3/4” thick. I found the slight curve to the top of the legs a very nice design feature that really added to the overall look. I wanted to darken the mahogany slightly and achieved this with a good coat of Black Walnut Danish Oil. That was topped with several coats of shellac sealer, Then finished with 4 coats of the same WB Poly as used on the top. Sanded to 600 grit.

The aprons are connected to the legs with a quadruple dowel joint (3/8” x 2” dowels) using my Mortise Pal jig. Another great tool. For simplicity, and because you don’t see them, I used pocket hole joinery to connect the top supports to the aprons and table top clips to connect the top to the top supports. I would have prefered to plug and hide the pocket holes but I could not find mahogany plugs and ran out of time to make my own.

I had a lot of fun designing and making this table and am extremely pleased with how it turned out. A few minor changes would have made it near perfect. I think it’s one of my nicest projects to date, and I already have a request from a friend to build another.

I hope you like it too. Thanks for looking and reading.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 09-15-2009 04:38 PM

Hey Ryan
This a super table I like everything about it ,very well done

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 09-15-2009 04:50 PM

Very nice Ryan :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 05:10 PM

Nice design and I agree about the top big a little long,but it still a striking piece of furniture. Thank for posting Blkcherry

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#4 posted 09-15-2009 05:17 PM

Beautiful table Ryan, nice design, nice build. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 09-15-2009 05:22 PM

Super table. Wonderful gift.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 09-15-2009 05:29 PM

love the curves. looks awsome!

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#7 posted 09-15-2009 06:11 PM

Very elegant design and a phenomenal gift. Thanks for recommending the Mortise Pal. I may get one when I do my set of dining chairs.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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RS Woodworks

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#8 posted 09-15-2009 06:29 PM

Thanks for all the great comments guys.

I added 1 more picture to show the leg design a bit better.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#9 posted 09-15-2009 06:50 PM

Beautiful job. Is the leg a radius or a compound curve?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 09-15-2009 06:51 PM

Very well done.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 09-15-2009 06:56 PM

very nice great lines. thanks for posting it

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#12 posted 09-15-2009 07:09 PM

The curves are fantastic. Its this kind of piece that inspires me into diving into furniture making more than I have been.

Great work

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#13 posted 09-15-2009 08:36 PM

Very nice design hall table. I like the floating-top style.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#14 posted 09-15-2009 08:44 PM

Very nice design indeed. It’s so much more satisfying when you know your piece is unique and your design.

-- Northern California

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RS Woodworks

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#15 posted 09-15-2009 09:38 PM

Thanks guys.
TopamaxSurvivor, to answer your question, the legs are in fact a compound curve on the outside edge. They come back in at a different radius at the top. The inside of the leg is straight until about 2/3 of the way down where they sweep in gently.

Lloyd, your absolutely right. Designing and executing my own design was very satisfying for me. I plan to get more and more adventurous with designs as my skills progress.


-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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