Hall Table.

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Project by sswoodworking posted 09-25-2009 07:14 PM 1512 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple hall table with butterfly joints inlaid into the top. Maple, walnut and poplar were used. The top is fastened down with a wooden L bracket that slips into a groove that is cut into the skirt. All very simple woodworking. The finish is spray paint and wipe on poly. Hope you like it. All comments welcome.


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Heidi Neely

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#1 posted 09-25-2009 08:40 PM

I love the top! The butterfly joints look great (nice and tight), and the finished result is more on the elegant side. If I can be completely honest, I feel like the “distressed” look of the black and red on the table below (as is visable in the second picture) just doesn’t do the top justice. I like the black and the way it offsets the lighter top making the butterfly joints the focal point…but I feel it maybe should have been solid black. That little bit of red kind of throws it off in my opinion and distracts from the elegant look of the top. That’s just my opinion…but like I said…I love the top, and overall lines of the table look very nice. Great Job!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#2 posted 09-25-2009 08:43 PM

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#3 posted 09-25-2009 10:07 PM

I agree with Heidi. The top & the lines are great. The red distress look is taking away the true beauty. Solid black on the bottom would do it right. Who am I to judge though?

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#4 posted 09-26-2009 02:53 AM

The detail in the top is gorgous.

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#5 posted 09-26-2009 03:10 AM

Funny, I thought the same as Heidi when I first looked. Both parts look fantastic (LOVE the spray paint job) but the top which is very traditional beautiful woodworking does not go with the bottom. The bottom should be exactly the same, but simple (ie. the same finish as the top) to show off those fantastic butterfly inlays.

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#6 posted 09-26-2009 04:44 AM

Ive made three or four like this and each one is a little different the first one I did for a wedding gift and the base was just black. The red is a lot more muted in real life the camera makes it pop for some reason, in real life the hole base is actually stained in a walnut oil finish and the wood that looks bare in the picture is actually almost walnut in color. Ive actually had a lot of people say that i should leave the base red… either way it seems that I don’t need to waste my time distressing the piece :) The inlays are as tight as they look but its very easy to do with a router inlay kit, I just wish I had a small router for this work my 2hp router is WAY overkill for a 1/8 router bit.
Thanks for all the comments keep them coming.

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#7 posted 09-26-2009 05:00 AM

Nice hall table.

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