Hall table

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Project by jdh122 posted 02-10-2018 02:14 PM 879 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this little hall table. It’s made of butternut. First time I’ve worked with butternut. It works really well, but wow, is it ever soft. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, though aesthetically I wish I’d made the top a bit shorter (ie shallower drawers).

I turned the posts on my springpole lathe. After about running a marathon to turn the first leg I decided that it would be better to rough taper the legs with a heavy-set jack plane and so the turning went much quicker on the other 3. I also turned the pulls (took me three tries to get pulls that seemed to suit the piece).

The joinery for the base is dowels – I wanted to use mortise and tenon, but decided it was too hard to get a close fit to the round legs, whereas with dowels it was easy (I used a spindle sander after drilling for the dowels).

Cut the dovetails by hand. Unlike ones you see demonstrated online, mine are more like 3-hour than 3-minute dovetails, but I think they’ll keep the drawers together just fine.

Secondary woods: ash for the drawer sides and back and QS white pine for the bottoms of the drawers. Finished with 4 coats of tung oil.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 02-10-2018 03:51 PM

nice table – love that butternut, pretty scarce down here

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-10-2018 08:39 PM

looks good, I really like the design! well done on the dovetails.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 02:45 AM

Very nice, looks like time well spent.

-- Work- helping fill out my workshop but giving me no time to use my toys.

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 05:20 PM

Thanks for the kind comments. Dick, I live too far north for walnut trees to grow, but there’s a small population of butternut so I can get local wood (although it might not last, as the trees are dying off because of canker).

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 05-24-2018 10:56 PM

wonderful looking table. I like the use of subtle angles with the round legs. The angled dovetailed drawer sides are a real nice touch. Your beautiful work could use a few more pictures for the rest of us to enjoy!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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