Hall Table

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Project by loupitou06 posted 04-20-2012 05:21 AM 3809 views 27 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

This is a hall table made of Zebrawood and Wenge, The zebrawood board was gorgeous and I searched for a long time how to highlight it in a piece of furniture.

The legs are attached to the top by a big dovetail and the bent lamination arch stiffens the assembly thanks to the turned tenons.

I wanted a design insipred by the Torii gates I saw in Japan.

This was my first attempt at bend lamination and it went surprisingly well. I look forward to practice more, mybe on a rocking chair next time :)

The finish is my standard process : shellac + DNA : 2 coats then varnish (1/2 poly, 1/2 mineral spirit) for 5+ coats then sanded & buffed. Finally I wax to top & buff it.

As usual this project taught me a lesson : never stop in the middle of an operation if you know you will resume it days later ! When cutting the dovetail slots in the top, I had to stop after making the dovetails for a 5 days business trip. Of course when I came back I had forgotten all about this measurement and I went blindly to my router and cut the bulk of the material with a straight bit : only to realize two attamps later that I had marked the outside of the dovetail….

So I patched it and make new dovetails slots a bit more “in” the top…

Lesson learned for sure

As usual, I keep a sketchup file for all my project, send me a message if you are interested.

Thanks for watching

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 07:05 AM

Love it, that’s an excellent use of the board. I really like the way you did the arch stretcher underneath! The legs and the way they are attached really fit the piece.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 08:27 AM

Great design

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 11:54 AM

Great job on the table, and love to Zebra and wenge together. Congrats on doing the bent lamination so well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-20-2012 11:56 AM

beautiful work, added ot my favorites

-- John Gray

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#5 posted 04-20-2012 01:20 PM

Yeah definitely added that one to my Favs. how did you taper the legs ? looks awesome.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#6 posted 04-20-2012 01:59 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys

Steve, I tapered the legs both ways on the bandsaw then rasps, spokeshave and elbow grease.
I had a lot of practice with the legs and back rest of the high chair ( !

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#7 posted 04-20-2012 02:19 PM

Excellent work. This table is elegent in form, and the woods are a perfect compliment to each other.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done!

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#8 posted 04-20-2012 02:22 PM

Beautiful Table,a wonderful design.

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#9 posted 04-20-2012 04:10 PM

She a 10 for sure…WC

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#10 posted 04-20-2012 04:58 PM

I am a sucker for hall tables.
I am a sucker for simple elegant design
I am a sucker for contrasting woods

Your table has all these elements. I love the dovetail leg attachement. Bravo. Favorited.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#11 posted 04-20-2012 05:16 PM

Nice looking table. The wood as you noted is gorgeous. I like the bent lamination stretcher and the dovetail joint at leg. These are great design elements.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 04-20-2012 06:44 PM

Simple, elegant design. It just looks good to the eye, no matter what eye you have.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#13 posted 04-20-2012 09:08 PM

Beautiful job, and a great design.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 04-20-2012 10:11 PM

You have created a wonderful piece of art. I wonder where you got such a terrific piece of zebrawood. I know both zebrawood and wenge are very expensive. I look forward to your next creation.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#15 posted 04-20-2012 10:44 PM

One of the nicest pieces of Zebrawood that I’ve ever seen. You did a great job showing it off : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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