Cherry/Walnut Floating Top Hall Table

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Project by splintergroup posted 06-04-2018 07:03 PM 2250 views 12 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks for looking!

The build of this table was partially inspired from a similar table by Mike Pekovich (FWW #263 sep/oct 2017). I always look forward to his write-ups since he makes stuff I like 8^).

Other style influences came from several sources, anyway it was a fun build!

The dimensions are 36”w x 17”d x 28”h, materials are cherry with walnut aprons. The legs are 1-1/2” square

I re-sawed the top from a slab of cherry to get the necessary width and color/grain match. In the Pekovich piece, he uses sliding dovetails to join the top to the base. I did the same, but the top got a slight warp that the dovetails would not correct. I ended up adding tabbed blocks to pull the top flush. Next time I’ll just use standard screws though the cross pieces and be done with it. Wayyyy easier!

Design elements are the arched aprons and corresponding curves in the leg tops. This same curve is applied to the ends of the top. You can’t really see it, but it does soften up the look. The 7/8” thick top also has a 5 degree undercut around the perimeter.

A walnut spline was used between the two halves of the top. You can see it in the last photo.

Table supports are through-morticed into the aprons which are bridal joined into the legs.
I added the walnut aprons for some contrast.

To get the cherry dark, I left the parts in the sun for a week then used BLO for a finish. The top coats are Mohawk vinyl sealer and satin pre-cat lacquer.

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#1 posted 06-04-2018 07:04 PM

Gorgeous table.

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#2 posted 06-04-2018 07:09 PM

Very nice!!

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#3 posted 06-04-2018 07:32 PM

Great looking table. I especially like the walnut splines and the tapered front/back rails as well as the way the aprons are set into the leg with the bridle joint. The details at the corners where the legs, aprons, and rails come together really stand out. The curves and under cut are so subtle that you don’t really see them at first glance but they make enough of a difference that you go back for a second look to figure out what is different.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 06-04-2018 08:12 PM

Simply magnificent!

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#5 posted 06-04-2018 08:34 PM

That is freaking amazing my friend. Great Job and thanks for continually inspiring me with your artistry!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 06-04-2018 08:35 PM

Beautiful table, Bruce!!


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#7 posted 06-04-2018 09:04 PM

Splint, you sure do some mighty fine work. If you raise the bar any higher, I’ll have to get a ladder just to look at your handiwork. :)

-- Art

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#8 posted 06-04-2018 09:17 PM

Thanks for the complements guys!

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#9 posted 06-04-2018 10:56 PM

Splintergroup , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 06-04-2018 11:19 PM

Very nice, a lot of nice design elements in a cohesive piece. We’ll done!

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#11 posted 06-04-2018 11:28 PM

Really nice work there. I noted the arch on the front apron, wasn’t sure on the sides. It makes it Airy looking, like the top has no weight. Very nice, totally not my style, but it is very well done, and I can appreciate the work. I’m also taken with the finish, it certainly has one, but it’s not a feature, just makes it look natural. Like it grew on the wood.

I’m on the edge about the Walnut. I can appreciate it being there, but were it all Cherry I think I would still like it a lot.

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

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#12 posted 06-05-2018 01:34 AM

Great workmanship and design! Cherry works well here.

-- James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 06-05-2018 01:41 AM

I see those subtle curves and agree about the added softness. You didn’t fool me! I really enjoyed the same FWW article and glad to see that someone has made, evolved and shared the design. For some reason hall tables are really fun to make. I think it is because all the work pieces are manageable in size, but when assembled add up to something that occupies a significant volume of space, and says a lot about your artistic intentions, and personal craftsmanship. I thought the sliding dovetail for the top being joined was genius. I really like the sublties that you have added. I tihink it is fun for furniture to keep giving levels of detail the more you look at it… as if the more you look the more you discover, but it has to be discovered by the discerning eye. It attracts the person who wants to keep discovering levels of detail without being kicked in the face by all of it at once. Gorgeous! If you have a moment check out some of the hall tables that have been occupying my imagination on my project page…. thanks for posting, you made checking out the projects page enjoyably worth it today!

-- "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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#14 posted 06-05-2018 12:00 PM

This is a beautiful table and I love the wood.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 06-05-2018 12:07 PM

This is beautiful. I like how you borrowed from multiple sources.

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