Hall Table

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Project by Mr_Pink posted 06-09-2018 01:13 AM 1338 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this table following Richard Maguire’s excellent ””Build a Hall Table” video series. Other than my use of shellac and some other finishing details, the only thing I did for this project that didn’t come straight from his instructions was turning my own knob on the drill press. (The drill press was also the only power tool used.)

This project was also the first time I cut half-blind dovetails for a drawer.

The top of the table (and the knob) are cherry from a local mill. The base is poplar with oak pegs through the tenons. The drawer is a mix of poplar and whatever else I had lying around. The base and drawer front were painted with sea green paint from Old Fashioned Milk Paint.

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#1 posted 06-09-2018 01:35 AM

Beautiful work. Love the green with the cherry top

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 06-09-2018 01:48 AM

Beautiful work. Love the green with the cherry top

- JCamp

+1, I think it really sets it off. Nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 06-09-2018 02:37 AM

Agreed; the green complements the top nicely.
Very beautiful work indeed!

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#4 posted 06-09-2018 03:26 AM

You did a wonderful job with this table

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 06-09-2018 03:28 AM

Thank you all for the kind words.

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#6 posted 06-09-2018 12:42 PM

beautiful table.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#7 posted 06-09-2018 01:07 PM

That color combination really works nicely and that cherry looks fantastic!

Great job doing it old school!

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#8 posted 06-09-2018 01:28 PM

This is a beautiful hall table and you did a very nice job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 06-09-2018 08:34 PM

Very nice. A lot of firsts, which is awesome. The paint to that Cherry is a wonderful match. Is the Cherry curly, or is that just an effect from light making the lines across it? Either way nice job, especially in light of the firsts, and using hand tools, evidently you feel pretty comfortable with them.

Thanks for posting.

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#10 posted 06-09-2018 09:39 PM


The cherry is somewhat curly, but I didn’t buy it specifically for the curl. The chatoyance was a pleasant surprise, once I got rid of the tear out.

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#11 posted 06-09-2018 09:45 PM

I like it! The green milk paint is the bomb. Kudos!

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#12 posted 07-12-2018 12:28 AM

Beautiful table, well executed plan for someone who just started woodworking. Dovetails and turnings aren’t the easiest of of tasks, and yet you did a great job. You have a talent for this, looking forward to seeing new and creative projects in the future. And remember, we only learn from our mistakes….Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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