Hall Tree

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Project by Matthew Allard posted 08-17-2012 01:20 AM 1858 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Hall Tree that I’m nearly finished with. I purchased an Earlex sprayer to spray the topcoat, it should be here any day. I built this for my Sister-in-law and her husband. A few months ago, after an epic failure on a piece of furniture I nearly gave up woodworking. I sat down one morning and evaluated my woodworking hobby. I had to ask myself what my major hangups were, what tools/equipment were non performers, what I knew I was doing right and what I knew I could improve on. I put down the woodworking magazines that I learned so much from, but were making me feel like I had to hand cut dovetails on every piece of case work I built, I stopped trying to prep garbage lumber, and stopped over-complicating my thought process in the shop. I think we all have ideals that we strive for in and out of the shop. I have always viewed Maloof and Thomas MacDonalds’s work as what I would strive for, but for now I’m happy again with the stuff I’m building.

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 01:26 AM

That is really beautiful

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 03:08 AM

Good looking cabinet ! Why is it called a Hall Tree ? As for the ww mags, I quit FWW after 10+ years after a similar reaction to yours. IMO they create a false sense of a lot of aspects of woodworking. FWW started out as such a super magazine but it’s all about image and spin now. When is the last time you actually saw some sawdust in FWW ?. Don’t want that, it might put people off . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 01:09 PM

Very nice!! Glad to see you got back on the horse. It is very frustrating and maddening when things do not come out right. But we need to take a deep breath, walk away, refocus and learn from what went wrong. Many times I have wanted to get rid of my tools and move on to other things, I am so glad I got back on the horse. Again, great job!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 08-17-2012 05:40 PM

That is a lot of joinery that all has to come together excatly. Looks really beautiful, and very precise to me.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 12:42 AM

Nice Job, you will love the Earlex sprayer…... just pratice with it and make sure your using the right needles….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#6 posted 08-19-2012 05:16 PM

The journey is yours. Glad I stopped to see what you are doing. You aren’t a wanna be anymore! Looked back on your projects. Your joinery , color choices and flow of pieces makes me say Wow, I wish I did that! Looking forward to your next step.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 08-19-2012 05:23 PM

Very nice work all the detail are just right. Always seeking perfection can take all the fun out of a hobby, ENJOY!


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#8 posted 08-21-2012 11:13 AM

Thank you Everyone for you kind and supportive comments!

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#9 posted 08-23-2012 07:16 PM

Is this nice and useful, or what!
Don’t give up, buddy, you can always peg in an ebonized dowel and call it G&G furniture ;)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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