Hall Tree

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Project by Will_Wood posted 01-05-2012 10:29 PM 4047 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After dutifully stripping the finish from what I planned to make my eventual new front door, I accidentally broke the beutiful, thick beveled glass that belonged in the door. As the glass was the bulk of the value of the door, I decided to repurpose the thick pine rails and stiles for use in another project. I desiged this hall tree in Sketchup to solve some mudroom storage needs and add a dash of color to the room. I used the stiles from the door to make beefy front and back legs for this piece. I threw in some new clear pine, beadboard panels, glued up oak stair treads, and old fashioned milk paint to put this all together. The milk paint was an interesting process, but I really like the penetrating effect that allows the wood’s character to show through the finish a bit. Of course I had to patch some mortises and holes in the stiles before using them, and the filler took the paint a bit differently. I chalked it up to character, and it’s hardly noticeable when in use. I added some soft close springs for the door to protect the little one’s fingers. They work pretty well, although they weren’t really engineered for the manner in which I hinged the bench top using a piano hinge. All in all, it turned out well. I think I finally used a couple of brads to help hold the vertical dividers up between the shelves while the glue set up. Otherwise, the hinge and coat hooks are the only metal in the project. Everything else is mortise/tenon or dado.

I apologize for the photos, but I didn’t have a good full shot in the proper portait orientation. The first and last photos are the same, just flipped. In the compose mode, I’m not sure if the first photo will display properly.

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 11:05 PM

Nice job, well done.

-- Guy,PEI

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#3 posted 01-06-2012 01:59 PM

I like it. I’ve been thinking about making something similar for quite a while. Is this free-standing, or is it anchored to the wall, as well?

-- The Dude abides...

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 03:30 PM

Nice design and job.
the color really pops in the room.

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 02:13 AM

Thanks for the comments.

RDR – The unit is free standing. Between the thick back legs extending to the top and the perpendicular braces along the sides, the cubbies on top can support a ton of weight without throwing the unit off balance. I had built several built-ins for the house and my wife encouraged me to instead make something we can take with us should we ever have to move!

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