Stenciled & Stained Hall Table with USB charging station (in drawer)

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Project by sras posted 10-31-2016 07:09 PM 2391 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I rarely stain my projects and paint them even less, but this was built to fit in our front hall at the request of my wife. I have to say, while somewhat unsure about the concept, we are really happy with the result!

The stained pieces are from local cherry boards that were given to me. They were rough cut and ended up just over 1/2 inch thick after running them through the planer until I had a smooth surface. So I doubled up the thickness on all exposed edges.

The casework is hemlock.

I had to improvise to get enough long clamps.

The USB charging capability was an added feature after we got into the design. I legs are built up from 3 layers of hemlock and are hollow. I was able to fit an extension cord through the leg with just an angled hole at the top and bottom parts of the leg.

You can see the full leg is picture #4 above. The charger is wired into a box in the middle drawer.

When it came time to add color, I was a bit curious how the color combination of purple, pink, orange & yellow was going to work out.

I was even more uncertain when a “coral” stain (that’s a fancy word for pink) was requested to go on top of the cherry. But – I had agreed to build and my wife and DIL were in charge of colors. For the hemlock drawer fronts, I put a base coat of tan stain and then added the “coral” on top of that.

BUT THEN – we added an antiquing layer of black stain over everything – paint, stencils & stain. That really made it all work out.

We chose antique bronze hardware and gave everything a few coats of water based polyurethane to finish it off.

You know it fits in well when we point it out to friends and they think it has always been there.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 10-31-2016 07:32 PM

Very nicely done.

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#2 posted 10-31-2016 08:09 PM

I am not a big fan of paint, but this looks pretty nice.
Good job Sir.


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#3 posted 10-31-2016 08:35 PM

That did turn out nice!

I have to hand it to the ladies, they sure picked the right colors.

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#4 posted 10-31-2016 08:46 PM

Very snazzy.

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#5 posted 10-31-2016 09:04 PM

When you say it it sounds kind of strange but when you see it it is pretty nice. Good job!

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#6 posted 10-31-2016 09:07 PM

Great job Steve! Your craftsmanship is impeccable as always.

Thanks for posting

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#7 posted 11-01-2016 12:21 AM

A Paymaster! I haven’t seen one of those for years. .... used to do all my payroll cheques on one back in the day.

Oh yes, I really like the cabinet, especially the stencil work. We have a few similar ones that we used printed fabric on but the stencil looks more …. integral I guess.
The colours would have had me wondering too but in the end it came out smashing. Women are just good at that stuff I think…...
Great job Steve!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 11-01-2016 12:39 AM

I should have added that when we described our project to friends or even when they came over to visit the response always was “Are you sure?”.

Paul - Yes a Paymaster! My son & DIL were at a garage sale & she asked about that. The reply was “Oh that – I don’t think anyone is going to buy it. You can have it”. My son took it apart & got it working (other than a worn out ribbon).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 11-01-2016 07:50 AM

Very nice this cabin. Something different and I like it. Probably the colors are even better in real than on a picture.


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#10 posted 11-01-2016 02:09 PM

very nice

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#11 posted 11-01-2016 03:29 PM

Nice project Steve.

Burying all those cords so they stay hidden is something so often overlooked these days, well planned!. Kudos for bringing a design into the 21st century.

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