Hall Table

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Project by Michael O'Brien posted 11-15-2019 12:12 AM 814 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Hall Table is inspired by the classic Shaker Night Stand, with the addition of two drawers, an increase in height by two inches, and extending the side overhang to provide balance. I think the design is truly classically understated with a timeless quality.
Primarily made from Honduras Mahogany, the drawer fronts are Birdseye Maple, inlaid to the legs is Ancient Red Gum with matching drawer pulls, the drawer bodies are salvaged quarter sawn Elm from Melbourne
This was my first attempt at French polish with the assistance of Alastair Boell from Melbourne Guild of Fine Furniture. I am extremely pleased with the result, and super impressed with using Shellac!
A brief word on the Ancient Red Gum inlay. This ornamentation came about from a “happy accident”. After milling the legs to the size of the Shaker Night Stand, I realised the Hall Stand should be taller. The “inlay” actually hides a joined leg extension so that the height of the table could be increased to a more appropriate height for the hall. Fortunately I was able to grain match these extensions such that they are almost indistinguishable from their respective legs – but look closely!

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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#1 posted 11-15-2019 12:30 AM

I really like this. It has simple clean lines and beautiful wood selection. The joinery is superb. What else can I say.

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#2 posted 11-15-2019 01:01 AM

wow, that is absolutely gorgeous, awesome selection of wood

thanks for sharing.
Rj in az

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#3 posted 11-15-2019 02:31 AM

Beautiful wood and slender lines. Very nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 11-15-2019 03:27 AM

Gorgeous piece, and very elegant. Well done!

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#5 posted 11-15-2019 04:40 AM

Just like the Shaker piece you modeled it after it’s squeaky clean lines make it glorious in it’s simplicity. You dressed yours up a bit more than the Brethren would have, but it’s still a keeper. I really like the overhang of the top. The pics probably don’t do the French polish justice. In that pic across the drawer fronts, that glancing light gives us a glimpse, looks like glass.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 11-15-2019 10:47 AM

That is simply stunning. All the different elements came together seamlessly.

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#7 posted 11-15-2019 11:15 AM

Love this! It is a classic design. I like the mistake into improvement…it’s happend to me more than I can count. Joints are perfect. Nice work.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 11-15-2019 02:34 PM

Beautiful….....well done!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 11-15-2019 03:30 PM

This is really nice; clean lines and well proportioned.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 11-15-2019 03:45 PM

Seriously crisp details!

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#11 posted 11-15-2019 04:08 PM

Simple lines, great joinery, and absolutely beautiful! Great job!

-- DannyW

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#12 posted 11-15-2019 06:11 PM

Gorgeous!! That is a real work of art! Awesome design, perfect dovetail work, and flawless finish…thanks for showing!

-- Mike

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#13 posted 11-15-2019 06:21 PM

Beautiful work with beautiful wood. Simple yet elegant. Excellent work all the way around!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#14 posted 11-15-2019 06:28 PM

Very very pretty ! Excellent job !

-- Diego Cassels

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#15 posted 11-15-2019 11:41 PM


-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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